Rajkumar Hirani On #MeToo Allegations: False And Malicious Story To Destroy My Reputation

Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani finds himself amidst allegations of sexual misconduct by a woman who worked with him on Sanju. He has outright denied the accusations

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Rajkumar Hirani On #MeToo Allegations: False And Malicious Story To Destroy My Reputation
Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani who is facing allegations from the assistant director of Sanju for sexual misconduct has now released an official statement, denying them. He says, “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.”

A quick recap at what exactly transpired in there. So, the woman who worked with him in the capacity of an Assistant Director for Sanju has placed allegations against him that he sexually assaulted her over a period of 6 months between March and September 2018. His lawyer Anang Desai in defense said, “At the outset, our client states that the allegations made against him are false, mischievous, scandalous, motivated and defamatory.”

In her email dated November 3, 2018, the woman writes that on April 9, 2018, Hirani made a sexually suggestive remark against her and even sexually assaulted her at his home-office. “I remember forming these words on my lips - “Sir. This is wrong...Because of this power structure. You being the absolute power and me being a mere assistant, a nobody -  I will never be able to express myself to you.” The woman wrote in the email to Chopra. “My mind, body and heart were grossly violated that night and for the next 6 months,” said the email.

"I had no choice but to be polite to him. It was unbearable but the reason I endured it all, until I couldn’t, was because I didn’t want my job to be taken away from me, and work to be questioned. Ever. I was worried that if I left midway, it would be impossible to find another job in this industry if he were to speak badly about my work. Because if Hirani said I wasn’t good, everybody would listen. My future would be in jeopardy," the woman told the portal.

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