#MeToo: Sajid Khan steps down as director of ‘Housefull 4’

MeToo Movement Actor Saloni Chopra and journalist Karishma Upadhyay accuse Sajid Khan of sexual misconduct

Earlier in the day, Housefull 4 lead actor Akshay Kumar issued a statement that he had asked for the production to be halted after the allegations against Khan surfaced. He said that this requires stringent action and hence he will not work with any proven sex offenders.

"Housefull 4" is produced by Sajid Nadiadwala under the banner of Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment.

"I have known about her plight for a while now and wanted it to get out for the world to know", says filmmaker and friend Onir.

She urges that everyone involved with Housefull 4 take a firm stance on the matter and says that this sort of behaviour can not go on.

Twinkle Khanna, Akshay's wife and author, also took to Twitter to express that strict stance needs to be taken by Houseful 4 team. "This can not go on", she wrote on Twitter. Stay with him. Maybe he'll ask me to touch myself in front of him, maybe he'll want to record it. Speaking about the mental and physical torture which she had faced while working with Sajid Khan, Saloni Chopra in her long blog said that she is finally sharing her #MeToo story after being quiet for so many years. Before the press meet, Nana Patekar told Times Now that it would have been impossible for him to harass Ms Dutta on a crowded set and that he would sue.

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Actress Saloni Chopra has made serious allegations on the director and told about her horrific incident when she was once an assistant to Khan. Mr Patekar sent the actress a legal notice. Sajid Khan also directed the first two installments of the film.

A journalist, Karishma Upadhyay, on Twitter too narrated her tale of harassment by Sajid, who flashed his penis at her during the course of an interview. They didn't talk about anything else until Sajid Khan snapped, "Spread your legs when you sit.' When Saloni refused, he started again about how she was unattractive and then he tried to grab his hand and put it on his dick to show her that she did not give him a boner".

Supporting Saloni, Ungli actress Rachel White also recollected the time when she was called for audition of Humshakals and was instead asked about boobs and then told to strip in his house.

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

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