Entertainment Desk (October 12, 2018): Renowned film director Sajid Khan has stepped down as the director of ‘Housefull 4’ on Friday following allegations of sexual harassment by three women: actress Rachel White, assistant director Saloni Chopra and journalist Karishma Upadhyay.
The ‘Heyy Baby’ director announced his departure from the film on Friday. In a long Twitter note, he wrote:
— Sajid Khan (@SimplySajidK) October 12, 2018
“In the wake of the allegations against me and the pressure being put on my family, my producer and the stars of my film ‘Housefull 4’, I must take the moral responsibility of stepping down from my directorial post, till the time I can allay the allegations and prove the truth… Request my friends in the media to kindly not pass judgments till the truth is out.”
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) October 12, 2018
Sajid’s exit came after harassment allegations were leveled on him as well as veteran actor Nana Patekar who has been roped in for ‘Housefull 4’. The film’s lead actor Akshay Kumar also announced canceling the shooting until further investigation completes.