by Deepanjana Pal Jan 22, 2014
It has been widely reported that Goa police’s Crime Branch has been trying to get hold of actor Robert De Niro, to question him about the rape charges against former Tehelka editor, Tarun Tejpal. The Goa police has sent the actor a questionnaire about the time he spent in Goa last year, as a participant in the THiNK fest.
When the actor didn’t respond, a reminder was sent. However, there has been no reply from the actor. Unfazed by this, the Crime Branch’s efforts to locate De Niro have continued unabated reportedly. Our highly unreliable sources in Goa Police have told us that the local Crime Branch has, in fact, contacted De Niro by phone and sent us a transcript of the conversation between Assistant Sub Inspector Prabhat Naik and De Niro as proof.
See for yourself. TRANSCRIPT OF PHONE QUESTION OF HOLLYWOOD ACTOR ROBERT DE NIRO, BY ASSISTANT SUB-INSPECTOR PRABHAT NAIK, CRIME BRANCH, GOA POLICE.
Due to non-response from Mr. Robert De Niro to questionnaire sent pertaining to the investigation of Tarun Tejpal, it was decided there should be greater efforts to secure his cooperation. To this end, ASI Prabhat Naik was assigned the task of establishing contact with Mr. De Niro. ASI Naik requested a prepaid Tata Photon Whiz connection (see request number 2395/024-OC-23; copy attached) and using the aforementioned internet connection, ASI Naik was able to procure Mr. De Niro’s phone number. A request was then filed for an ISD connection on ASI Naik’s office landline (see request number 3405/948-OC-45; copy attached), in order to contact Mr. De Niro. The request was granted and contact between Mr. De Niro and ASI Naik was established on January 19th, 2014. After serious consideration, it is advised that this conversation be expunged from official record and Goa Police wait instead for Mr. De Niro’s written reply to the questionnaire.
Please see attached transcript for further explanation.
NOTE: ASI refers to ASI Prabhat Naik and RDN refers to Robert De Niro.
RDN: Hey sport. How ya doin?
ASI: Myself, Assistant Sub-Inspector Prabhat Naik this side. You are Mister Robert De Niro of Hollywood, Los Angeles, yes? Sir, you have not replied to questionnaire we have sent you regarding case of sexual assault and rape against Mister Tarun Tejpal. Sir, when you will send reply? Courtesy: Facebook
RDN: You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? Well, I’m the only one here. Who the *&^% do you think you’re talking to?
ASI: Sir, please maintain calm. There is no need to be agitated. As I said previously, myself Assistant Sub-Inspector Prabhat, from Crime Branch, Goa. Yes, I am talking to you. I am calling to talk to you about Mister Tarun Tejpal. We have sent you questionnaire. You have received? About the case against Mister Tejpal?
RDN: I heard some things.
ASI: That is very good news, sir. You will put down what you are hearing in the questionnaire we have sent you?
RDN: There are three ways of doing things around here: the right way, the wrong way and the way that I do it.
ASI: Ok, sir. How do you want to do it?
RDN: Are you a cop? Or were you a cop? Or were not good enough to remain on the force? ‘Cause you know what? That’s the feeling I’m getting here.
ASI: Mister De Niro, please control yourself. It is criminal offense to insult a police officer. I am with Goa Police, Crime Branch and I have my own ISD connection. Please show respect. I have asked you very politely to share with me all that you know of the night when the alleged rape took place. Please don’t provoke me.
RDN: Know somethin’ Mikey? You make me laugh. You know that?
ASI: Naik, my name is Naik. Not Mike.
RDN: I’m gonna ask you one. Who are you working for?
ASI: Goa police, Crime Branch. Now, should we talk about Mister Tejpal and the incident?
RDN: Never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut.
ASI: You are saying Mister Tejpal is your friend?
RDN: Are you my friend? Are you my friend?
ASI: No, Mister De Niro, I am not your friend. Please do not try to distract me. We are talking about your relations with Mister Tejpal. RDN: The guy is history as far as I’m concerned. History.
ASI: I see. Why do you say that?
RDN: I would say he has quite a few problems. His energy seems to go in the wrong places.
ASI: What are these wrong places, Mister De Niro?
RDN: This is the end result of all the bright lights, and the comp trips, and all the champagne, and free hotel suites, and all the broads and all the booze.
ASI: I understand. So you are saying all this led to Mister Tejpal committing the crime he is charged with.
RDN: Me? I wouldn’t even be in this situation if it wasn’t for you.
ASI: That’s not true, Mister De Niro. You are in this situation because Mister Tejpal had you at his cultural programme last year. RDN: I make him an offer he don’ refuse
. ASI: You made Mister Tejpal an offer?
RDN: Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets.
ASI: Mister De Niro, you will please explain what you mean? You were with Mister Tejpal and the victim on the night the incident took place, yes?
RDN: I was in the building? You know damn well I was at that dinner.
RDN: Don’t overcook it. You overcook it, it’s no good.
ASI: You are cooking?
RDN: I’m standing here; you make the move. You make the move. It’s your move.
ASI: I feel there is some miscommunication here. Perhaps we should move on to the victim. Please describe your impression of the victim?
RDN: She appeared like an angel.
ASI: So you are saying she is woman of good character. You are aware that Mister Tejpal has accused her of being too modern and said she is making up rape charges against him.
RDN: I got respect for this kid. She’s got a lot of **&^ing balls. Good for you! Don’t take no shit off no body.
ASI: Please Mister De Niro, there is no need for this kind of language, even if you are having the good intentions. Why do you think Mister Tejpal is saying she is lying?
RDN: Better to be king for a night than schmuck for a lifetime.
ASI: I am not understanding. What is this schmuck?
RDN: I’m gonna tell you something. Somebody messes with me, I’m gonna mess with with him. Somebody steals from me, I’m gonna say you stole. Not talk to him for spitting on the sidewalk. Understand?
ASI: Mister De Niro, I feel your are getting too agitated. If you have a case of theft, kindly report to your local police station. Can you please talk about Mister Tejpal? This is an ISD phone call and we have been talking for a long time now. I must have some answers from you.
RDN: What’s the *%$*ing matter with you? What are you, stupid or what? Tommy, Tommy, I’m kidding with you.
ASI: Who is Tommy? Do you call Mister Tejpal Tommy? I am not Mister Tejpal. Or Tommy. I am Prabhat Naik, assistant sub-inspector.
RDN: There was an impulse that we were both following. So that gave me the right to come in and talk to you. Otherwise I never would have felt that I had the right to talk to you or say anything to you. I never would have had the courage to talk to you. And with him I felt there was nothing and I could sense it. When I walked in, I knew I was right. Did you feel that way?
RDN: Let me tell you, I know you don’t want to listen to your father, I didn’t listen to mine, and I am telling you you gotta pay attention this time. When life reaches out at a moment like this it’s a sin if you don’t reach back, I’m telling you its a sin if you don’t reach back! It’ll haunt you the rest of your days like a curse. So don’t $%^* this up.
ASI: I will do my best, sir. Mister De Niro, I am afraid I must end this questioning here because the telephone bill will become too high. Thank you so much for your time.
RDN: I will be watching you.
ASI: Thank you, sir. END OF QUESTIONING. Sadly, we cannot verify the authenticity of this transcript but we leave it to the reading public to reach its own conclusions.