Ali Zafar has filed a defamation case against Meesha Shafi, who had accused him online of sexual harrasment in April this year. The case has been filed on Rs 1 Billion. Zafar hasfiled the case on Saturday under the Defamation Ordinance 2002. He said in the notice that Shafi's accusation has caused “tremendous injury” to his “reputation, goodwill, livelihood” through “false, slanderous and defamatory” allegations. The case read,
“As the defamatory statements are patently false, it can only be concluded that this malicious campaign has been launched against the plaintiff as part of a motivated conspiracy to tarnish the plaintiff’s good image through making false accusations. “The defendant has associated herself with the global #MeToo movement, with one of the launchers of the #MeToo movement Rose McGowan labeling the defendant as ‘a heroine for our times’.”When the damages were separated the notice said,
“Be that as it may, that due to the defamatory campaign being spearheaded by the defendant, the plaintiff besides special damages in case of defamation further suffered the following damages: Mental torture Rs 2 crore, Loss of contacts Rs 8 crore, Loss of reputation/goodwill Rs 50 crore, Loss of business opportunities Rs 40 crore.”Shafi had affirmed that she was given a legal notice by Zafar's counsel asking the singer and actor to remove her tweet which she posted alleging being harrased at the hands of Zafar and also issue an apology on the same. She was also told that if she did not post ana pology, she would be faced with a case of defamation of Rs 1 billion. Two months ago, Shafi tok to her Twitter handle ad posted that Zafar had harrased her “more than one occasion”. When asked Ali about the same, he said that he would take the matter to the court of law if the need be.