Sajid Khan quits Housefull 4 after sexual harassment accusations

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Rachel White, who has worked in film Ungli and had auditioned for Humshakal, directed by Sajid Khan, says the filmmaker called her to his house and misbehaved, asking her to strip.

"This is a heartbreaking time for my family". Irritated by his behaviour on the sets against the women, she resolved to never work with the director.

I can not adequately stress how shocked, disappointed and heartbroken I am to read the stories about Sajid's behaviour. Shilpa Rathnam, a News18 anchor who covers Bollywood, tweeted, "I want to know why some superstars still haven't spoken up on the #MeToo movement". Besides Nana Patekar, she has also named some alleged Maharashtra Navnirman Sena workers who tried to attack her and damaged her vehicle last week. I ignored his trash talk & got back on track w/ my interview. When he returned, his p**** was out.


When she finally confronted him and asked what he wanted from her, he said he wants to make her his b****, writes Saloni. And he forced his tongue down my throat. I was so exhausted of the calls and the constant harassment, I asked him what he wanted from me. I cried all the way in the train from Vile Parle to VT. He asks questions like 'do you m*****bate?' and 'how many times a week?'... he also asked me if I'd ever been sexually abused, I said yes. "Makes me have this bad feeling that we have discovered only the tip of this iceberg".

Some Indian actresses have long said that the industry, which is dominated by a few powerful players, needs to create an environment where victims can come forward without fear of being ostracised. She further said, "said 'I'm ready to parade your office in a bikini, but not at home". But nothing of that sort happened with me.

Director Sajid Khan has chose to step down from directing the fourth instalment of BO success "Houseful".


Akshay Kumar and Aamir Khan's interventions are being lauded for possibly signalling a watershed moment in Bollywood, where established male stars rarely speak out in support of survivors. Here's hoping the survivors find strength and love in the healing process while Sajid pays for his misdeeds.

The matter cropped up in the heat of the on-going #MeToo movement in India where several women are narrating their horrifying experiences.

Along with Saloni, Rachel Baker too accused Sajid of sexual harassment.


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