Congress leader apologizes to actor

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Actor Samyuktha Hegde alleges she was victim of moral policing

Bengaluru: Congress spokesperson and activist Kavitha Reddy Sunday evening released a video apologising for the incident involving Kannada film actor Samyuktha Hegde and her friends at a park on Friday.

In a tweet, she said, “I have always opposed Moral Policing. I realize that my actions were construed as such. An argument ended up in me reacting aggressively as well, it was a mistake. As a responsible citizen n progressive woman, I own up to n sincerely apologise to @SamyukthaHegde and her Friends!”

“I have stated my version of events and expressed regrets. And even though I did not physically hit or assault Samyukta’s friend, I still owe an unconditional apology for losing my temper irrespective of whatever the provocation was. Moral policing is something I have always opposed and it is unthinkable that I would make such regressive comments. With a lot of public around, there were a lot of heated arguments and commotion as well as out of context recordings the ugly incident should not have happened nor should be seen as political or moral policing,” she said.

On Saturday, a First Information Report (FIR) was registered against her based on the complaint by the actor.

The incident is related to Samyuktha and two of her friends who had gone to the park to exercise with hula hoops. This was when Kavitha Reddy, a known face in the area, had taken objection to Samyuktha’s choice of attire.

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