South Indian actress Trisha Krishnan, who made her Bollywood debut with Akshay Kumar-starrer Khatta Meetha, is angry after her name was dragged in a drug scandal and thinks it's an attempt to tarnish her image.
A report on a Telugu channel claimed that Trisha's name featured in the list of clients of a Nigerian drug dealer. All because she has a very close friend of African origin -- dress designer Sidney Sladen.
But Trisha is not willing to take it lying down.
"It's very strange. I was shooting in Kodaikanal when this Telugu news channel put this news out. And they put a still of me and this very dear friend of mine who's Afro-American. They assumed that this fashion-designer friend of mine was some drug peddler from Nigera," a fuming Trisha said from Chennai.
"I was angry. This is not just a harmless rumour. The first thing I did was to get my lawyer to issue statements to all the TV channels. I've taken legal action against the channel which put this out. There is not an element of truth in it. It's strange where this story came from. I haven't been to Hyderabad for a year now. I was told this peddler knows my number. But come on, everyone knows my number," the pretty actress said.
Trisha thinks this an attempt to malign her name in the Telugu film industry.
"The only problem is you can't pinpoint such a thing to any one source. But yes, it seems to have been done to tarnish my image. Luckily I've got a lot of support in Hyderabad even from the authorities," she said.