Several of Bollywood’s biggest production companies have filed a lawsuit against “irresponsible reporting” by some Indian media outlets.
It comes in the wake of the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June.
The 34-year-old is believed to have committed suicide, however his family has registered a police complaint against his girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, accusing her of abetment to suicide and other crimes.
She has denied all the allegations, and the case has generally dominated Indian media.
Dozens of companies, including those owned by stars Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan, have now taken action.
According to the BBC, a total of 34 producers and four film industry associations have joined the case against two Indian media channels and four presenters.
The lawsuit reportedly states: “The livelihood of persons associated with Bollywood is being severely impacted by the smear campaign being run by the defendants. The privacy of the members of Bollywood is being invaded, and their reputations are being irreparably damaged by painting the entire Bollywood as criminals, seeped in drug culture, and making being part of Bollywood as synonymous with criminal acts in the public imagination.”