On Thursday, a journalist accused the director of ‘Housefull 4’ Sajid Khan of sexual harassment. In a post on Twitter, she said, “The first time I interviewed Sajid Khan in the early 2000s, he called me to his house he shared with his sister. Thru the interview he talked about how large his p**** is & how he knew how to satisfy a woman. I ignored his trash talk & got back on track w/ my interview. He walked out of the room to show me some DVD from his collection. When he returned, his p**** was out. I got up to leave immediately only to find him blocking the way out. And, he forced his tongue down my throat. I pushed him away and ran out. I cried all the way in the train from Vile Parle to VT. I got back to my office and wrote his interview because that was my job."
The journalist further went on to narrate yet another incident with Sajid Khan that left her humiliated, she added, “A few years later, I had to work with Sajid when I was at MTV. Initially, I wanted to find a way to not work on that show. Then I realised, why should I let go of an opportunity because a man can't keep his d*** in his pants. At the end of the first meeting, I forewarned him about behaving himself. I'll never forget what he said to me "You are fatter than you used to be. I won't touch you with a barge pole." And then he laughed.”
Responding to this statement, Sajid Khan took to Twitter on Friday and said,
“In the wake of these allegations leveled against the actor of his film - Nana Patekar, Sajid Khan took to Twitter on Friday and said, ‘In the wake of the allegations against me & the pressure being put on my family, my producer n the stars of my film Houseful4, 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”.
In addition to a Bollywood journalist, actress Saloni Chopra too narrated a heart-wrenching encounter she had with Sajid.
Model and actress Rachel White responded to Saloni Chopra's tweet sharing her 'Me Too' moment with the director. The 'Ungli' actress wrote,
The 'Ungli' actress added,
I stood like an idiot in one corner of the bedroom wondering where to sit and he was on one side on the treadmill. I clearly rem this episode. When he saw me walk in he goes “pls come this side” all smiling . I walk up towards the treadmill . He was directly staring down at me
I was in a white vest and blue denims and still felt I was standing nude with that gaze. What happens next is that he finishes his cardio and walks up to me asking me about my boobs and making that kind of conversation. I didn’t bother to answer to anything.
After that he asks me to strip for him bcoz there were scenes in a bikini and he needed to see how I looked. I replied saying “there are pics of me in bikinis sent to u,I think that should good for u” n wen he insisted I said “I’m ready to parade ur office in a binkini nt at home
Filmmaker Sajid Khan has become the latest name to be called out in the ongoing #MeToo movement that has taken the country by storm. Several women have come out and spoken up about sexual harassment ordeals they have had to deal with. Several from the film industry have been named and shamed on allegations of sexual harassment, including Vikas Bahl, Alok Nath, Gaurang Doshi and Subhash Ghai among other.
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