[dropcap]S[/dropcap]ajid Khan is apparently gearing up to challenge the accusation of sexual misconduct levelled against him by model-actor Saloni Chopra. Sources indicate that he is in touch with his lawyers and will very soon send a legal notice.
“Sajid is quite disturbed now, more so because all his friends and family have washed their hands off him. He is down and out right now. However, he is not going to go down without a fight. He knows if he stays silent that would be the end of his career as no one would want to work with him unless he clears his name. He is currently consulting his lawyers to draft a strong legal message. He intends to clear his name legally as that is the only possible hope left.”
Sajid was completely isolated after even his sister Farah refused to side with him. Farah Khan tweeted that if her brother was indeed guilty of such behaviour, he had a lot to atone for. She also expressed solidarity with the survivors.
In a heart-wrenching post, Saloni Chopra on Thursday recounted months of alleged sexual harassment and abuse she suffered at the hands of filmmaker Sajid Khan.
Sajid Khan, under whom Saloni worked as an assistant for a few months, allegedly called her incessantly and at odd times, asked her inappropriate questions, like what she was wearing, and tried to make her touch his penis on the pretext of telling her that she was not sexy enough to be an actor as she did not arouse him. Saloni said she was subjected to emotional and mental torture as Sajid would constantly demean and belittle her.
Apart from Saloni, two other women – a journalist and another actor – have made allegations of sexual assault and misconduct against Sajid. Journalist Karishma Upadhyay said that during an interview in the early 2000s, Sajid flashed her and forcefully kissed her.
Actor Rachel White has said that when she went to meet him for a role in the film Humshakals, he asked her about her breasts, and asked her to strip. Sajid allegedly told her that the role would be hers if she could seduce him in the next five minutes.
In another development, actor Akshay Kumar also issued a statement asking producers of Housefull 4 to cancel the shoot till allegations against Sajid, the film’s director, and Nana Patekar, who was acting in the film, are probed. (Nana Patekar has since bowed out of the film). “I 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,” Akshay tweeted.