Hi­rani ac­cused of sex­ual ha­rass­ment, he de­nies

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MUM­BAI, Jan 13 (IANS)

FILM­MAKER Ra­jku­mar Hi­rani has been ac­cused of sex­ual as­sault by a woman who worked with him in his 2018 film ‘Sanju’. He has de­nied the al­le­ga­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to a ‘Huff­Post’ In­dia ar­ti­cle on Sun­day, the woman claimed that Hi­rani sex­u­ally abused her on more than one oc­ca­sion over a six-month pe­riod be­tween March and Septem­ber 2018.

The 56-year-old film­maker has de­nied the al­le­ga­tions. A state­ment is­sued by his lawyer Anand De­sai dubbed the al­le­ga­tions ‘false’, ‘mis­chievous’, ‘scan­dalous’, ‘mo­ti­vated’ and ‘defam­a­tory’.

In a state­ment is­sued soon af­ter the ar­ti­cle went vi­ral, 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.”

The woman made the charge in an email dated Novem­ber 3, 2018 to Hi­rani’s “Sanju” co-pro­ducer Vidhu Vinod Cho­pra. She also marked the mail to Vidhu’s wife and film jour­nal­ist Anu­pama Cho­pra as well as to Hi­rani’s cowriter Ab­hi­jat Joshi, said the ‘Huff­Post’ In­dia ar­ti­cle.

IANS tried reach­ing out to Anu­pama Cho­pra and Ab­hi­jat Joshi but got no re­sponse.

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