The scam: According to a statement issued by Chennai's police commissioner an FIR has been registered against Lenin for an article allegedly based on the statements of Bhuvaneshwari, recently held on prostitution charges. The daily had carried a report, as also photos, naming several actresses of yesteryear alleging that they ran brothels. The office bearers of the South Indian Film Artistes' Association then met the police and lodged a complaint seeking action against the publisher.
Spilling the beans: Television artiste Bhuvaneshwari turned emotional after her arrest on October 4 and said that she was ready to divulge the names of other actors involved in the flesh trade only if the police were ready to take action against them without succumbing to political pressure. "While interrogating Bhuvaneshwari, we have got some details about a few actors who are indulging in prostitution," a police officer said, adding, “We expect to nab a few actresses who are involved in the flesh trade."
Actors boil: South Indian Film Artistes' Association president R Sarath Kumar said they were ready to hold talks with the newspaper. "Our stand is very clear. We need the press and the press needs us. But, it should not exceed certain limits of expression in print or visual media," he said. At an association meeting, attended by Rajnikanth among others, it was decided that the actors, whose name appeared in the report, should file defamation cases.