Rajkumar Hirani accused of sexual assault, filmmaker terms #MeToo story 'malicious'

Rajkumar Hirani

Rajkumar Hirani

Her statements to the website also revealed that she had written a complaint about harassment on mail to Hirani and his colleagues including Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Anupama Chopra and writer Abhijat Joshi. She alleged that Hirani had made a sexually inappropriate remark and then sexually assaulted her at his home office. The woman in question has worked with him as an Assistant Director for Sanju. This is wrong. Because of this power structure. "You being the absolute power and me being a mere assistant, a nobody - I will never be able to express myself to you", she wrote of the April 9 incident in the email to Chopra, as quoted by HuffPost India.

In an interview to HuffPost, the woman said that she had "no other choice but to be polite to him" because her job was at stake.

While speaking to Huffington Post, the woman, who is around 30 years younger than Hirani, said that she could not raise her voice that time because she was afraid of losing her job. "These communications establish that the allegations made against our client to you, that have given rise to your queries, are false and completely unjustified", Anand Desai added in response to the allegations against the filmmaker. While last week there were reports about his name being dropped out from the posters of Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, it seems that the current accusations could be the reason for such a drastic step being taken against the filmmaker.

"I want to very strongly state that this is a false malicious and mischievous story being spread with the sole intention of destroying my reputation", his statement further read.

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Bollywood's biggest MeToo scandal broke on Sunday afternoon with the HuffPost India report on the industry's biggest director Rajkumar Hirani being accused of sexual assault. We also offered to set up an ICC at VCF (which we have set up since then) even though a VCF ICC could not have taken up the case since she was an RHF (Rajkumar Hirani Films) employee at the time. I did not want in any way to pressurise her or steer her in any direction.

According to Mid-Day, Fox Star India told Vinod Chopra Films that it will opt out of the partnership if the studio continued to collaborate with Rajkumar Hirani Films.

Meanwhile, scriptwriter Abhijat Joshi, who has also worked with Hirani in his films, PK and 3 Idiots, said that he was aware of the complaint and would support her. "I'm trying to do the best thing possible". Rajkummar Hirani was the co-producer of the film, starring Sonam Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao and Juhi Chawla.

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