Soon after Sajid Khan announced that he is stepping down as the director of the film “Housefull 4”, owing to sexual harassment allegations raised against him by some of the actors, his sister and choreographer-director Farah Khan has said that she and her family are heartbroken with the allegations.
Farah on Friday tweeted: “This is a heartbreaking time for my family. We have to work through some very difficult issues. If my brother has behaved in this manner he has a lot to atone for. I don’t in any way endorse this behaviour and stand in solidarity with any woman who has been hurt.”
This is a heartbreaking time for my family.We have to work through some very difficult issues. If my brother has behaved in this manner he has a lot to atone for.I don’t in any way endorse this behavior and Stand in solidarity with any woman who has been hurt.
— Farah Khan (@TheFarahKhan) October 12, 2018
Sajid has been named by multiple women, including two actresses — Sonali Chopra and Rachel White — and one journalist for sexual misconduct.
Farhan Akhtar, Sajid’s cousin, has also expressed “shock” and “disappointment” over the allegations.
Sajid himself addressed the accusations and wrote on Twitter: “In the wake of the allegations against me and the pressure being put on my family, my producer and 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 judgment till the truth is out.”
— Sajid Khan (@SimplySajidK) October 12, 2018
Earlier, actor Akshay Kumar urged the producer of “Housefull 4” to cancel the shooting as he doesn’t want to work with ‘any proven offenders’.
Akshay tweeted: “I have just landed back in the country last night and reading all the news has been very disturbing. I have 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 those who have been subjugated to harassment should be heard and given the justice they deserve,” added the actor, who came back from Italy on Thursday night.
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) October 12, 2018
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@nana.patekar said that he was advised by his lawyer not to talk to any press or media people. Earlier he was supposed to keep a Press Conference and was about to talk regarding the whole incident which toke place in 2008 during the shoot of #hornokplease.He again denied the allegations made by @iamtanushreeduttaofficial . #metooindia #metoo #nanapatekar #tanushreedutta #sexualabuse #sexualassualt #bollywood
The ongoing #MeToo movement kick-started after Tanushree Dutta accused Nana Patekar of harassment during the sets of “Horn Ok Please”. After Tanushree, many Bollywood actresses, journalists and other women got the courage to speak-up against the issue.