Television presenter-actor Rajiv Lakshman has deleted his pictures with fellow actor Rhea Chakraborty, which triggered a controversy earlier today.
He not only removed the pictures with Chakraborty, but also disabled comments and issued a statement.
“I seem to have created unnecessary trouble with my irresponsible choice of words,” he said in his statement.
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Earlier today, Rajiv posted happy pictures with Chakraborty
Chakraborty, who has been away from social gatherings since her involvement in her boyfriend and actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case, was recently spotted attending a party.
Rajiv shared pictures with the actor on Instagram with a caption that read, “My Girl.” He also posted the image to Instagram Stories and wrote, “Shit Got Real”.
However, his posts invited severe online hatred and trolling.
Trolls targeted Chakraborty on social media
Chakraborty was massively trolled for enjoying with her friends at the said party, with many posting nasty comments about her. Some even called it a publicity stunt by the actor ahead of the release of her upcoming movie with Rumi Jaffery, Chehre.
Rajiv issued a statement after deleting the pictures
“I seem to have created unnecessary trouble with my irresponsible choice of words on a post. Rhea is a dear old friend, and I am happy to meet her again and I wish her well (sic),” the Roadies fame anchor wrote on Instagram.
Rajiv’s wife Susan Lakshman had also posted some pictures from that party to her Instagram Stories.
Chakraborty had a tumultuous time after Rajput died
After the sudden death of Rajput in June 2020, Chakraborty has been facing much hatred.
In fact, she even became the prime suspect in Rajput’s death case after the family of the deceased actor filed an abetment to suicide case against her.
She was also subjected to intense media trial after the death of Rajput, whom she had been dating for over a year.
She was arrested amid the drug probe
Amid an ongoing anti-drugs probe launched after Rajput’s death, Chakraborty and her brother were arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau in September last year.
She was granted bail in October 2020.
However, the actor has vehemently denied all the allegations against her.
“I have immense faith in God and the judiciary. I believe that I will get justice,” she had earlier said.