Malaika Arora is the latest celebrity from Bollywood who has spoken out on the sexual harassment allegations against Sajid Khan. The actress has mentioned that she has always stood up for women rights and if the accusations are all true, then the person should definitely face repercussions. Malaika has performed a popular dance number, titled Anarkali Disco Chali, in Khan’s directorial Housefull 2. The actress was shooting for the first episode of India’s Got Talent when she was asked by the media to comment on the allegations of sexual misconduct on Sajid. Also Read - Slumdog Millionaire Actor Madhur Mittal Accused of Sexual Assault Charges, Says 'Untrue, Extremely Disturbing'
Talking to Pinkvilla in length, Malaika expressed disappointment and explained she’s ‘sad’ to know what has happened with somebody she knows. The actress further added that if a woman has made some allegations, it’s not possible to not hear what she has to say. She said, “Yes it is very sad when you hear all of it. It is very heartbreaking but I guess if a woman has come forward and spoken about something then I guess there is something to it that you cannot not listen to it and you cannot not take it seriously”. Also Read - Kareena Kapoor Khan-Saif Ali Khan Enjoy 'Lovely Evening' With Karisma Kapoor, Malaika Arora And Others
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She added, “Like I said I am all for women who want to speak up, who want to share their stories. And if there is any truth to it and if anybody is at fault then I am a kind of person who would say they need to be punished for it. It is really sad what has happened with somebody that I know. If the person is guilty then right kind of action needs to be taken”.
Earlier, talking about #MeToo movement, the actress had said that she’s glad more women are coming out to speak against their harassers. Talking to DNA about Tanushree Dutta‘s allegations against Nana Patekar, Malaika had said “I’ve been following Tanushree’s case. What makes me sad is that people, and even the media, have been highly irresponsible as far as this incident is concerned. These are times where you should have a united front. I didn’t like the fact that many of them were questioning her about why she spoke 10 years later. How does it matter whether she spoke then or now? The fact that she’s speaking up should be respected”.