Amid sexual harassment allegations by a journalist, an actress and an assistant director, Sajid Khan on Friday shared a statement on Twitter, saying that he will be stepping down as the director of Housefull 4. His message reads, “I must take moral responsibility of stepping down from my directorial post.”
His full statement reads, “In the wake of the allegations against me and the pressure being put on my family, my producer and the stars of the 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 friends in the media to kindly not pass judgment till the truth is out.”
Sajid’s sister and filmmaker Farah Khan expressed solidarity with survivors. She tweeted, “This is a heartbreaking time for my family.We have to work through some very difficult issues. If my brother has behaved in this manner he has a lot to atone for.I don’t in any way endorse this behavior and Stand in solidarity with any woman who has been hurt.
Akshay Kumar, the lead actor of Housefull 4 had already requested the producers of the film to cancel further shoots until the truth is out.
Akshay on Friday shared a statement on Twitter, saying he will “not work with any proven offenders and all those who have been subjugated to harassment should be heard and given the justice they deserve.” He also wrote, “This is something that requires stringent action.”
Housefull 4 also stars Nana Patekar, who has been accused of sexual harassment by Tanushree Dutta.
Earlier today, Twinkle Khanna shared on Twitter, “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.”
Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar also expressed anger and took to Twitter to write, “I cannot adequately stress how shocked, disappointed and heartbroken I am to read the stories about Sajid’s behaviour. I don’t know how but he will have to find a way to atone for his alleged actions.”
Produced by Sajid Nadiadwala under the banner Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, Housefull 4 was set to release around Diwali 2019.