Nadia Khan, a Pakistani actress and TV host, has accused a popular Hollywood actor of physically abusing her daughter during a reality show audition in Dubai. Nadia said that the actor – who is also the CEO of a talent agency and claims to represent many big stars in Hollywood – inflicted severe bruises on her daughter.
According to a report in the Indian Express, the actor, whose name has been withheld for legal reasons, apparently manhandled Nadia’s daughter just when the girl’s turn to audition came. His actions caused the girl to fall, and sustain injuries on her arms.
Nadia said, “I went to the audition hoping it would be good for my child, but instead got the shock of my life. When my daughter’s turn came, the judge grabbed her roughly from the shoulder and pulled her, leaving her with deep bruises on both arms.”
“It happened quickly and in front of me and at least 30-40 other parents. Before my daughter, they were auditioning small children. She was the first teenager in that batch. My daughter was given a two-line script but before she could read it, she was grabbed and pushed so hard she fell on one of the parents. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. She is my daughter. No one has the right to touch my child let alone subject her to public humiliation and physical abuse,” she added.
Nadia rushed her daughter to a hospital for treatment, and the medical reports have been collected as evidence against the accused. Gulf News reports that the actor had been summoned to the Al Barsha police station for enquiries. It also reports that a similar incident happened when the actor was in Singapore auditioning children there.
The talent-hunt agency has claimed that the auditions enable children to meet their favourite Disney stars. However, Disney has distanced itself from the audition and said that the audition and the agency running it are in no way authorised by Disney channel or its partners.
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