MeToo: Sajid Khan has preyed on women for years, alleges journalist (File Photo)
After several Bollywood biggies like Nana Patekar, Alok Nath, Subash Ghai, Rajat Kapoor, Piyush Mishra and Vikas Bahl came under the scanner of #MeToo campaign, more women, including a Bollywood freelance journalist, came forward to recount their alleged accounts of sexual harassment and assault at the hands of Indian filmmaker Sajid Khan, saying the Housefull director has been preying on women in the industry for years.
Taking to Twitter, the journalist has revealed her horrifying experience of being sexually harassed by Khan in the early 2000s. She went on to narrate her ordeal and alleged that throughout her first-ever interview with Sajid, he continued to talk inappropriately. Even after a few years, when they reunited for yet another project at MTV, Khan had allegedly said something to her which she will 'never forget'.
Here is her account:
Soon after the #MeToo allegation against Bollywood's one of the most prominent directors made the social media going bonkers, another journalist, named Saloni Chopra came out with her awful allegations against Khan which she had chosen to let go of for years.
"He was famous for his interview questions. He asks questions like ‘do you masturbate?’ and ‘how many times a week?’… he also asked me if I’d ever been sexually abused, I said yes. Then he asked weird questions like if I would ever get a breast job, and talked about how sex is really a mental connection," she revealed.
"Of course he went into a philosophical rant about our human bodies and it’s desires and how sorry he felt for people who had to go through abuse (not the only man who’s said this shit before they take advantage of you, it’s quite common) by the end of the interview I was in tears, and I wasn’t entirely sure why. I didn’t know if it was because I felt somewhat uncomfortable around him, or because I’d opened up too much. I got the job," Chopra wrote while narrating her experience.
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I finally decided to share my story with you. Writing this was like re-living all that horrible past I’d chosen to let go of, but I knew if I don’t today, I may never. So here’s #metoo #MetooIndia https://t.co/brouTYIBC7— Saloni Chopra (@redheadchopra) October 11, 2018
Giving another boost to the controversy, Indian model-turned-actress Rachel White came out in support of Saloni Chopra and also shared her personal distate towards Sajid.
"I believe you @redheadchopra I was sent by my agency then to meet Sajid Khan during Humshakals. Right after my agency told me about the meeting Sajid called me within the next 5 mins and said the meeting would be at his house opp iskon Juhu," Rachel wrote on her official Twitter handle.
I believe you @redheadchopra I was sent by my agency then to meet Sajid Khan during Humshakals. Right after my agency told me about the meeting Sajid called me within the next 5 mins and said the meeting would be at his house opp iskon Juhu.— Rachel White (@whitespeaking) October 11, 2018
In the wake of this #MeToo movement, a number of well-known Bollywood figures have been accused of sexual harassments with Subhash Ghai being the latest one in the list.
Mahima Kukreja, who was one of the first women to accuse comedian Utsav Chakraborty of sexual harassment last week, claimed that Ghai spiked her drink and then sexually assaulted her, a claim the director "strictly and firmly" denied on Thursday.
It was Tanushree Dutta, who started the #MeToo movement in India last month, while she accused her co-star Nana Patekar of harassing her while shooting for a song for their 2008 film "Horn Ok Pleassss".