Sajid Khan Steps Down As The Director Of Housefull 4

Sajid Khan Steps Down As The Director Of Housefull 4

Sajid Khan Steps Down As The Director Of Housefull 4

New Delhi: Director Sajid Khan who has been accused of sexual harassment by three women, has stepped down as the director of the movie Housfull 4. Taking to his twitter, 47-year-old filmmaker wrote: "In the wake of the allegations against me and the pressure being put on my family, my producers and are the stars of my film Housefull 4, I must take the moral responsibility of stepping down from my directorial post, till the time I can allay the allegations and prove the truth. I request my friends in the media to kindly not pass judgement till the truth is out.

 

Three women namely Rachel White, assistant director Saloni Chopra, and journalist Karishma Upadhyay, accused Sajid Khan of sexaul harassment and shared their heart-wrenching story on their respective social media handles. 

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On the other hand Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar urged producer of 'Houseful 4' to cancel the shoot as the director of the movie Sajid Khan has been accused of sexual harassment. The actor tweeted: "I have just landed back in the country last night and reading all the news has been very disturbing. I've requested the producers of Housefull 4 to cancel the shoot until further investigation. This is something that requires stringent action. I will not work with any proven offenders and all this who have been subjugated to harassment should be heard and given the justice they deserve." Soon after Akshay Kumar announced the cancellation the shooting, Sajid Khan tweeted he's "stepping down" from the post of director of the film "till the time I can allay the allegations and prove the truth." Shortly after the tweet Sajid Khan announced that he will be stepping down from the movie.

 

Sajid Khan has been accused of sexual misconduct by actresses Rachel White (Ungli) and Saloni Chopra (TV series Screwed Up), and journalist Karishma Upadhyay. In a blog post, Ms Chopra accuses Sajid Khan of harassing her mentally, emotionally and sexually. Rachel White re-tweeted Saloni Chopra's account and added her own story. Among other allegations, Ms White said that Mr Khan told her she could get a role in his film (he was casting for 2014 film Humshakals) if she could "seduce him in 5 minutes." On her Twitter page, Karishma Upadhyay shared what happened with her when she interviewed Sajid Khan in early 2000s. Like Ms Chopra and Ms White, Ms Upadhyay also claimed that Sajid Khan started with "trash talk" and added he tried to forcibly kiss her.

Twinkle Khanna, Akshay Kumar's wife also urged the Housefull team to take a firm stance on this issue. " Appalled hearing multiple incidents of harassment and it is truly horrific to hear what these women have been through. Everyone involved in Housefull needs to take a firm stance on this issue. This cannot go in," she tweeted.

 

The #MeToo movement knocked on Bollywood's door recently and several prominent members of the film industry, such as Alok Nath, Rajat kapoor, Nana Patekar and Vikas Bahl, have been outed as sexual predators.

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