Ra­jku­mar Hi­rani ac­cused of sex­ual as­sault

Bol­ly­wood’s fa­mous di­rec­tor terms the al­le­ga­tions by Sanju team mem­ber as a ‘false, ma­li­cious story’

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Bol­ly­wood’s biggest #MeToo scan­dal broke on Sun­day af­ter­noon with di­rec­tor Ra­jku­mar Hi­rani be­ing ac­cused of sex­ual as­sault in a re­port in

The com­plainant is a woman who worked on the San­jay Dutt biopic, as a post-pro­duc­tion crew mem­ber between March-Sep­tem­ber 2018.

The ac­cu­sa­tions came to light when the sur­vivor re­counted her abuse in an email, writ­ten in Novem­ber,

Huf­fPost In­dia. Sanju,

to co-pro­ducer Vidhu Vinod Cho­pra. Mr. Hi­rani has al­ready em­ployed the ser­vices of ad­vo­cate Anand

Sanju

De­sai to re­spond to the ac­cu­sa­tions.

In a pub­lic state­ment, Mr. Hi­rani 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.”

For over a month, the talk in Bol­ly­wood cir­cles suggested that Mr. Hi­rani’s al­leged mis­con­duct would sur­face soon. Two days ago, it was re­ported that Mr. Hi­rani’s name would be dropped from the posters of the up­com­ing

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga.

The poster of the Sonam Kapoor-star­rer orig­i­nally cred­ited both Vinod Cho­pra Films and Ra­jku­mar Hi­rani Films.

The 56-year-old film­maker has de­liv­ered some of Bol­ly­wood’s biggest hits, in­clud­ing the two ‘Munna Bhai’ films, and 2018’s high­est gross­ing which was a box of­fice hit.

3 Id­iots, Sanju,

Ra­jku­mar Hi­rani.

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