Sajid Khan had been accused of sexual harassment by several women including Rachel White, Karishma Upadhyay, Simran Suri and Saloni Chopra.
It was on October 31 that Sajid had agreed to appear before the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) set up by the Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA), where the allegations against him were investigated.
According to a leading newspaper, when Sajid appeared before the ICC, the filmmaker did not give an explanation, response or defence to the allegations against him.
While he admitted that his behaviour and language towards women and men have been impolite, he did not accept that he has sexually molested the complainants.
He also accepted that he had sexual relations with women, but with their consent.
Following ICC’s recommendation, IFTDA has suspended Sajid’s membership for one year and this will be reviewed again, after a year.
A copy of the letter was sent to Sajid recently.
Talking about the IFTDA ban on Sajid for one year, Ashoke Pandit (President of IFTDA) shared with the news portal:
“By suspending Sajid for a year, we have only tried to put forth a word that there is redressal as long as you have the courage to speak up and bring out the complete truth, better late than never.”
The #MeToo movement commenced in India when Tanushree Dutta recalled an alleged sexual harassment incident with Nana Patekar on the sets of Horn Ok Please.
Post Tanushree’s confession, many celebrities have come forward with their ordeals.
Allegations have been procured against famous personalities such as Alok Nath and Rajat Kapoor.