After actor Akshay Kumar cancelled the shoot of Housefull 4, filmmaker Sajid Khan has also stepped down as the director, in the wake of sexual allegations against him. He made an official announcement on the same and requested not to pass any judgment till the truth is out.Also Read - Sooryanvanshi Aila Re Ailaa Song Teaser Out: Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn, Ranveer Singh Perform Singham Hook-Up Steps | Watch
He took to the micro-blogging site, Twitter and wrote, “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 friend in the media to kindly not pass the judgment till the truth is out.” Also Read - Sooryavanshi: Akshay Kumar To Kick-Start Promotions From This Date And It's Connected To His Mother
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Earlier the day, Akshay also released a statement stating that he will not work with any proven offenders.
He wrote, “I have just landed back in the country last night and read 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 required stringent action. I will not work with any proven offenders and all those who have been subjected to harassment should be heard and given the justice they deserve.”
Actress Saloni Chopra accused Sajid of sexual harassment. In her long post for Medium, she has claimed that the filmmaker used to tell her how unattractive she was and how she didn’t have in her things needed to be an actress. She also alleged that the filmmaker used to tell her how his sex life with his then-girlfriend was so good. She also revealed the incident when Sajid asked her to lift up the skirt of an actress he was working with and when the actress herself complied to his demand, he told her how she didn’t have a** of an actress.
Apart from Sajid, Nana Patekar, who is playing the crucial role in the movie, has also being accused of sexual harassment by actress Tanushree Dutta.
In the wake of #MeToo movement, many big names like Vikas Bahl, Alok Nath and Luv Ranjan are accused of sexual harassment.