Popular Hindi television actor Pearl V Puri has spoken out for the first time regarding the allegations of raping a minor. In a note posted on Instagram, the actor informed followers that it has been a "gruelling" couple of weeks for him as he had to also cope with personal issues as well, while adding that he is "still numb" from the whole traumatic experience. Pearl, who is currently out on bail, had been arrested earlier this month, after accusations were made against him of raping a minor girl during the shooting of the film, Vasai, in October 2019. 

Pearl also spoke about the pain he had been enduring as a result of losing his grandmother and father in quick succession, a few months back. He further wrote about how his mother too was diagnosed with cancer, including his recuperation from his personal losses. Pearl wrote, "Life has its own way of testing people! I lost my nani ma few months back , then on her 17th day I lost my dad post that my mother got diagnosed with cancer and then this ghastly accusation. Last couple of weeks were gruelling for me like a nightmare. I was, overnight, made to feel like a criminal. All of this in the midst of my mother’s cancer treatment, it shattered my sense of security, making me feel helpless."

"I am still numb .... but I felt it’s time to reach out to my friends, fans and well-wishers who’ve showered me with their love, support and concern. Thank you for keeping faith in me and I am a firm believer of #Satyamevjayate. I trust in the Law, judiciary of my country & God up there. Please keep your duas coming!" Pearl concluded. Several notable celebrities from the Hindi television industry and Bollywood have expressed their support to Pearl among whom include producer Ekta Kapoor and actresses Anita Hassanandani, Karishma Tanna and Nia Sharma. 


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Pearl V Puri has made a name for himself over the years in the television industry as he has starred in a number of notable TV serials such as Naagarjuna – Ek Yoddha, Naagin 3, Bepanah Pyaar and the recently-concluded supernatural thriller show, Brahmarakshas 2: Phir Jaag Utha Shaitan. He has also made appearances as a guest on Bigg Boss, including participating as a contestant on reality shows such as Khatra Khatra Khatr and Box Cricket League 4.