Popular glamour model and actress Poonam Pandey became a sensation across the country during the 2011 Cricket World Cup when she announced that she would strip in the event of the Indian cricket team winning the Championship. Having garnered a massive fan following over the year for her raunchy photos and videos on her social networking pages, Poonam Pandey has over the past few days been involved in a legal battle with businessman and leading Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty's husband Raj Kundra, who after being remanded to judicial custody last week, was arrested by the Mumbai Police Crime Branch for the alleged creation and streaming of pornographic videos through the "HotShots" app.
In an interview to a leading daily, Poonam has said that she regrets collaborating with Raj Kundra calling their association as the biggest mistake of her life. The model turned actress levelled accusations of fraud, theft, and leaking her phone numbers against Raj and his associates. She said, "When I signed an MOU with them, which lasted for a month, it became clear that they were cheating and were extremely unprofessional. I terminated my contract with immediate effect. Getting into a professional collaboration with these people was the biggest mistake I made in my life. They are frauds. My life became an open book. I went through another level of trauma. I cursed myself for sharing my passwords and credentials with their team. When we reached out to Raj’s team, we were told that we won’t be paid until I signed a contract with them and started working with them again. I flatly refused. How could I do it knowing that these guys hacked into my accounts and personal space? Yeh log samajhte kya hain khud ko (Who do they think they are)?"
Poonam further added, "He couldn’t convince me because he knew that I wasn’t relying on just his app for work. In fact, I wanted to terminate any and all association with Armsprime. I wanted the app they had created in my name, taken off the internet. Shortly after, I was approached by Raj Kundra personally to be a part of another app, by the name of HotShots. It was 100% pure blackmail. It was like do this or suffer the consequences. On my refusal, my private mobile numbers were leaked on the internet on the aforementioned app."
Last year, Raj Kundra had said that he no longer had any involvement with the app, including stating that he was not aware of the petition filed against him. In response, Poonam had said that "the theft" of her data, despite Raj's exit from the company to set up HotShots, would have happened when he was in the company and added that she has necessary evidence to prove her claims. She said, "Back then I thought that I had screwed up by sharing my credentials with them. However, today it’s obvious that these guys cheat people."
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