Akshay Kumar finally speaks on #MeToo after Sajid Khan gets accused

Tanushree Dutta started the #MeToo campaign in India after she opened up about the se*ual harassment she faced from veteran actor Nana Patekar and filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri on the sets of Horn Ok Please and Chocolate. After her, so many girls from Bollywood industry and also from other industries came out to speak up about their experiences.

Sajid Khan, who has directed films like Heyy Baby, Housefull, Housefull 2, Himmatwala, Humshakals and is currently directing Housefull 4 has also been involved in the row. Sajid has been accused for se*ual harassment by his assistant director Saloni Chopra, journalist Karishma Upadhyay and actress Rachel White recently. The accusations soon became a hot topic of discussion in the country and people were wondering will it really bring Housefull 4 in trouble?

Twinkle Khanna, a leading author, former actress and wife of Akshay Kumar (lead star of Housefull 4) opened about the matter and expressed her shock. She took to Twitter and shared her reaction and also requested the Housefull team to take a stand on the issue. She wrote-

Appalled hearing multiple incidents of harassment and it is truly horrific to hear what these women have been through. Everyone involved in Housefull needs to take a firm stance on this issue. This cannot go on.

Soon after this tweet by Twinkle, Akshay Kumar also reached the micro blogging site and shared his stand. He said that he has just reached the country and finds the news disturbing. Akshay declared that he has requested the Housefull 4 producers to cancel the shoot until further investigation. He also said that he won’t work with any proven offenders and said that those who have gone through the harassment must be provided justice. Have a look at his statement-

Akshay’s reply to this row has been long awaited because he was silent when Nana Patekar was accused by Tanushree. Twinkle had come in support of Tanushree at that time but the actress had questioned the intentions saying that her husband is still working with Nana in Housefull 4.

Meanwhile, Sajid has been accused for se*ual misconduct earlier too. The Train actress Sayali Bhagat had accused him back in 2011 for harassing her before she forever left the industry. Sayali had said that Sajid called her for the auditions of Housefull but when she arrived at his office, he striped n*ked in front of her. She had said-

“I remember the time when Sajid Khan was casting for Housefull, he had called me to his office for a meeting. I understand that the casting couch is a prevalent reality in the film industry but I never expected Sajid to strip na*ed in front of me asking me to have s*x with him in his office right there and then. I screamed and left his building. Obviously, I never worked with him.”

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