Rattled by the incident, Rhea lodged a non-cognisable (NC) complaint at the Khar police station, which, incidentally, is just about 150-metre away from her residence.

“I got out of my car at around 5:30pm and was walking towards my building when a man started following me. I let him walk ahead and he hid near the staircase. I walked into the elevator and as it was about to close, this man yanked it open and forced himself on me,” recalled Rhea.

Not one to pull her punches, the young actress kicked him on the stomach and the man fell out of the elevator. “I started screaming and was about to grab his throat when he took to his heels. Then I filed an NC complaint. It was a scary episode,” she added.

Asked if the man was frequent visitor to the building, Rhea said she didn’t know. She has been asked to identify the man through pictures captured on a CCTV camera outside her building.

“The cops assume he is a stalker. I remember something similar had happened to Shruti Haasan a few months ago. If such a thing can happen so close to the police station, it can happen anywhere and with anyone,” said Rhea.

Filmmaker Tarun Mansukhani came out in support of Rhea. He wrote this on a social networking site: “Shockd n hurt 2 hr of my frnd being groped in her buildng....”

Courtesy: Mid-Day

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