New Delhi : Director Sajid Khan, who has been accused of sexualharassment by three women, has stepped down as the director of upcoming comedy-drama 'Housefull 4'.
Taking to his Twitter, the 47-year-old filmmaker wrote, "In the wake of allegations against me and the pressure being put on my family, my producers and the stars of my filmHousefull 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. I request my friends in the media to kindly not pass judgment till the truth is out."
Three women, namely actor Rachel White, assistant director Saloni Chopra and journalist Karishma Upadhyay, accused Khan of sexual harassment and shared their heart-wrenching ordeals on their respective social media handles.
Meanwhile, Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar urged the producers of 'Housefull 4' to cancel the shoot following sexual harassment allegations leveled against Khan.
Taking to Twitter, the 'Gold' star wrote, "I have just landed back in the country last night and reading all the news have been very disturbing. I have requested the producers ofHousefull 4 to cancel the shoot until further investigation. This is something that requires stringent action. I will not work with any proven offenders and all those who have been subjugated to harassment should be heard and given the justice they deserve." MeToo movement gained momentum in India after actor Tanushree Dutta accused Nata Patekar of harassing her. Since then, incidents of harassment and sexual misconduct have come out in the open, with allegations being leveled against many personalities in the media and entertainment industry, including Subhash Ghai, Vikas Bahl, Alok Nath, and Rajat Kapoor.