Actor Vicky Kaushal’s father Sham Kaushal, who is the national award-winning stunt director, was accused of sexual harassment by an assistant on one of the film’s sets. The woman shared her #MeToo story revealing that in 2006 when she worked with Kaushal, he invited her to join for drinks. She further said that when she refused to come, he forced her to see sexual content via MMS. Now, Sham has apologised to the woman saying that he never wished to hurt or disrespect anyone. Also Read - Vicky Kaushal Shares First Look as Celebrated Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw From Meghna Gulzar-Directed Biopic
He took to micro-blogging site Twitter and wrote, “Ever since I have been working in this industry I have tried my best to be a good human being professionally and personally, never wishing to hurt or disrespect anyone. I have read the allegations made against me by some crew members. If I have unintentionally caused any hurt or anguish, I unconditionally apologise to the ladies, to the productions houses and each and every member of the film fraternity.” Also Read - Shoojit Sircar Reveals Irrfan Khan Was Lead Actor in Sardar Udham Singh, Says 'The Film is an Ode to Irrfan Khan'
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Earlier, while narrating her #MeToo story, the woman wrote in a lengthy Facebook post, “Back in 2006 on an outdoor shoot, Shyam Kaushal, the famous and award-winning Bollywood stunt director decided that I should be going to his room after wrap to drink vodka, the sound of that was just so wrong that I lief to him and told him I don’t drink at all. He tried to insist, by saying I didn’t know what I am missing out on and when I stuck my ground he picked up his phone and suddenly plugged it in-front of me with a porn MMS video clip on it. He said he bought this from the streets of Bangkok for 10 bath. All I did was pretend that someone paged me on the walkie and walked away.”
After Tanushree Dutta accused veteran actor Nana Patekar of sexual harassment on the sets of Horn Ok Pleassss in 2008, many women from Bollywood and outside have come out naming their perpetrators. From Vikas Bahl, Alok Nath to Subhash Ghai, some renowned faces have been accused of harassment, sexual misconduct and even rape.