Mumbai: Claiming innocence in the case, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan said, he was not drunk at the time of the brawl with the officials of the Mumbai Cricket Association after the match.

Addressing a press conference on Thursday evening in Mumbai, Shah Rukh Khan denied all the allegations levelled by the MCA against him.

Briefing media about his part of the story, the superstar alleged that the officials were ‘equally rude’ when the exchange of heated conversation took place between him and the MCA officials.

"I was not drunk, I had gone to pick up my children. The officials were extremely aggressive. I just got angry but I left after that. I said a few things in anger. I was one and they were 20-25 officials and they were extremely rude. When I tried to answer them, they hid behind others," Khan said in a press conference.
     
Moreover, he demanded an apology from the MCA officials for ‘manhandling the children who accompanied him to the dressing room.

"They should apologise to me. They were extremely high-handed," he added. Asked about the reported ban on him by the MCA, Khan said, "If this is the kind of behaviour meted out to people then I would not go there. There were people rushing at me aggressively. I think it's unpardonable that you manhandle kids in the name of security."
     
"I don't know about the ban. I will call (MCA head Vilasrao) Deshmukh. I will write a complaint about their behaviour and the kind of language they used," he added.

"I didn't go for the match, I went to pick up my children. I have no clarification to give. They should look at their association and how they behave. They cannot, under the garb of security, be high-handed with people, especially children", Khan said.
    
Khan conceded he was also aggressive during the brawl but did it only on provocation. "To be abusive to fans or audience that's not me. They manhandled little girls. I would not deny that I was abusive but it started that this gentleman came from behind to say something in Marathi which I cannot repeat. I asked him to speak in Hindi.
    
"There was nothing illegal, I was not on the pitch. I know the rules," he said.

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