TV Host Nadia Khan's Daughter Physically Assaulted During An Audition in Dubai
The auditions took place at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in JBR on May 20. Nadia took her daughter to the casting event like hundreds of other parents, however, what came of it was very unexpected. The 14-year-old was bruised and badly shaken Gulf News reported.
Referring to the audition as a "Disney thing" Nadia said, , “I went to the audition hoping it would be good for my child, but instead got the shock of my life. When my daughter’s turn came, the judge (name withheld for legal reasons) grabbed her roughly from the shoulder and pulled her, leaving her with deep bruises on both arms.”
Shortly after the tragic incident, Nadia took her young daughter to Dubai’s Rashid Hospital where the medical reports confirmed she had suffered multiple bruises.
“It happened quickly and in front of me and at least 30-40 other parents. Before my daughter, they were auditioning small children. She was the first teenager in that batch. My daughter was given a two-line script but before she could read it, she was grabbed and pushed so hard she fell on one of the parents. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. She is my daughter. No one has the right to touch my child let alone subject her to public humiliation and physical abuse,” said Nadia, adding that the incident has shattered her daughter’s confidence. “She was crying all day,” Gulf News quoted her as saying,
Following the complaint she had registered to the police, the supposed 'abuser' who is also the CEO of the children's talent agency was taken to Al Barsha Police Station.
Nadia added that her daughter was not the only one abused during the audition, but another young teenage boy was also slapped multiple times by the same man. She said,
“It was bizarre. The man kept slapping the child until a time came when the boy couldn’t take it anymore and slapped him back. “I feel equally bad for the boy. He had tears in his eyes. Abuse is abuse whether it happens to a boy or a girl,” she added.
According to XPRESS parents arrived with their children for the audition after hearing about it from the talent hunt from Facebook sponsored posts, inviting children to audition if they wished to meet Disney Channel stars. The post read,
“Does your child dream of becoming a Disney Channel star? We are coming to Dubai!”