Sherlyn Chopra reacts to Raj Kundra’s porn apps case, lashes out at Poonam Pandey

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Actor Sherlyn Chopra, who was booked as an accused in the Raj Kundra porn apps case, has released a video statement wherein she says that she was the first person to give her statement to the Maharashtra cyber crime cell. In the video, shared by ETimes, Sherlyn says that for the past few days, she has been bombarded with messages and calls by journalists. She goes on to say that she was the first person to give her statement to the Maharashtra Cyber Crime cell and was also the first person to intimate the investigating team about Armsprime Media, the firm which is at the heart of the matter.

“When I was first summoned by the investigative team, I didn’t try to run, hide or go missing like other people, who are crying out loud that their hearts go out to Shilpa and her kids. I didn’t go underground; I didn’t try to leave this city or India for that matter. On March 2021, I went to the cyber-cell office and recorded my unbiased statement. I have a lot of say on this subject, but this matter is subjudice right now, it would be inappropriate for me to make any sort of comment. But if you want to investigate it further as a reporter or newsperson, I’d request them to contact the cyber-cell office and read excerpts from my statement,” she said.

In her statement, Sherlyn Chopra also appears to last out at Poonam Pandey who has spoken about the Raj Kundra pornography case. “At this moment my heart goes out to Shilpa Shetty and her kids. I can’t imagine what she must be going through. So, I refuse to use this opportunity to highlight my trauma. The only thing I’ll add is that I have filed a police complaint in 2019 against Raj Kundra and subsequently registered a case at the honourable high court of Bombay against him for fraud and theft. This matter is subjudice, hence I would prefer to limit my statements. Also, I have full faith in our police and the judicial process,” she had said.

Poonam Pandey was also booked as an accused in the case, according to media reports.

What is Sherlyn Chopra’s connection with the case? According to information available in the media at the moment, Sherlyn had a contract with Raj Kundra’s firm – Armsprime Media – under which they would provide pornographic content to certain apps. Sherlyn’s former lawyer, Charanjeet Chanderpal, has reportedly said that the actress had her own app with semi-pornographic pictures and videos. She fell under Raj Kundra’s radar and they agreed to a deal where they would share the profit from their agreement. However, on realising that she wasn’t getting the money agreed upon, Sherlyn had asked for the agreement to be terminated.

Sherlyn went ahead and worked on her app by herself and the content appears to have done well till August 2020 when the contents of the app began to get pirated. Following this, she had registered a complaint against piracy and allegedly, had also given a statement in February 2021 wherein she had accused Raj Kundra of pushing her into complete pornography.

In 2019, Poonam Pandey, the other actor involved in the case, had moved the Bombay High Court and filed a case against Raj Kundra and his associates, claiming that her content was being featured on their apps even after their collaboration had come to an end.

Sherlyn Chopra

“I collaborated with the company for an app named after me in March 2019. We had agreed upon a certain percentage of the revenue generated by the app to be given to me. However, I realised certain discrepancies in revenue sharing and hence, decided to terminate the contract. I also informed them about the same via an email. All hell has broken loose since,” Poonam claimed, according to ETimes.

“They continue to post my pictures and videos on the app. To my horror, they also leaked my personal mobile number along with messages like ‘Call me now as I am free to talk’ and ‘Call me now. Let us talk and I will strip for you’ on the app. After that, I started receiving calls from all over, not in dozens but thousands, at odd hours, asking me for explicit services. People started sending me pornographic images and videos,” she added.

“I even left the country for three months hoping that the situation will become normal on its own. However, as soon as I landed back, I started receiving calls and obscene messages all over again. Sometimes, I would get calls where I could only hear heavy breathing from the other side. These callers claim to know my address, too. I changed my number, but after I messaged Saurabh Kushwah (one of the associates of the app company, who is one of the accused) from my new number, asking him to refrain from uploading my pictures and videos on the app, I started receiving calls and messages on that number, too,” she further elaborated.

Raj Kundra had given a statement to BT earlier, saying that he had left the company. “I had invested in a company called Armsprime Media last year, which makes apps for celebrities. I am not aware of the petition as I exited the venture in December 2019 with a sale to the current shareholders,” he had said.

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