Over the past few days, few pictures have been doing the rounds across certain sections of the media and social networking forums stating the artiste was none other than actress Nivetha Pethuraj.

Having said that, it is not the case to be so as the person wearing a bikini in the said pictures is an up-and-coming artiste named Varshini Pakal.

Meanwhile, Nivetha Pethuraj, who swept hearts after her debut in Oru Naal Koothu, has now issued an official statement on the pictures that have been circulating online.

Her statement reads as follows: "For the past few days, some sections of the media were constantly using the images of some aspiring artiste and had been using my name, thus creating an impression that it was me who is seen in that picture. This was brought to my notice by many calls from well wishers and friends".

She further went on to state, "This deliberate attempt to malign my image has hurt me very badly. I am in touch with my legal team to handle this issue. Considering the huge respect I have for the media, I had been maintaining a dignified silence. But, it looks that there is no respite from this irresponsible act."

Nivetha concluded saying, "May I request them to verify and carry the news and images of the concerned artiste. After all, we are also human beings and we have a family too. We too live in a society which have bearings on our day to day life. I hope this will put things on a straight line. Any further repeated acts according to my legal counsel will invite legal proceedings".

On the professional front, Nivetha Pethuraj will next be seen in the highly anticipated Tik Tik Tik, India’s first space film, opposite Jayam Ravi on June 22.

She is also part of the multi-starrer action comedy, Party, directed by Venkat Prabhu.

Furthermore, she is at present working on Thimiru Pudichavan opposite Vijay Antony in which she will be seen playing a cop.

Then, there’s the comedy, Jagajala Killadi, opposite Vishnu Vishal under Ezhil’s direction.

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