Raju Hirani ac­cused of sex­ual abuse, di­rec­tor de­nies charge

Financial Chronicle - - FUNDAMENTALS, POLITICS -

FILM­MAKER Ra­jku­mar Hirani has been ac­cused of sex­ual as­sault by a woman who worked with him on his 2018 film Sanju and the film­maker has de­nied the al­le­ga­tions, terming them "false" and "ma­li­cious" and aimed at de­stroy­ing his rep­u­ta­tion.

In an ar­ti­cle on Huf­fPost In­dia, the woman, who calls her­self "an as­sis­tant", al­leged that Hirani sex­u­ally abused her more than once be­tween March and Septem­ber 2018. She de­tailed her al­le­ga­tions in an email dated Novem­ber 3, 2018, to Hirani's fre­quent col­lab­o­ra­tor and Sanju co-pro­ducer Vidhu Vinod Cho­pra.

After the ar­ti­cle went vi­ral on the In­ter­net, the film­maker said, "I was com­pletely shocked when these al­le­ga­tions were brought to my no­tice about two months back. I had sug­gested im­me­di­ately that it is es­sen­tial to take this mat­ter to any com­mit­tee or any le­gal body. "The com­plainant has cho­sen to go to the me­dia in­stead. 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," Hirani said in a state­ment.

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