Just when everyone thought that the #MeToo movement in Bollywood left steam after Tanushree Dutta returned back to US, critically-acclaimed filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani was called out for allegedly sexually harassing one of the female assistant directors who worked with him on Ranbir Kapoor starrer Sanju.
Dia Mirza who starred in Sanju has reacted to these sexual assault allegations against the director.
While speaking to Pinkvilla, the actress said, "I am deeply distressed by this news. As someone who has known and respect Raju Sir for 15 years, I can only hope that a due official enquiry is conducted. He is one of the most decent human beings I have ever worked with and I think it would be grossly unjust on my part to speak on this as I do not know the details."
In an article published by HuffPost India, the woman alleged that Rajkumar Hirani sexually abused her more than once between March and September 2018.
Fimmaker Vinta Nanda too reacted to the sexual assault allegations levelled against the 'Sanju' director and wrote on Twitter, "The latest on #MeToo is so disturbing. Who is it that women can trust? Can't deal with these words anymore- "At the outset, our client states that the allegations made against him are false, mischievous, scandalous, motivated and defamatory."
Meanwhile, director Rajkumar Hirani had issued an official statement denying all the allegations made against him.
His statement read, "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."
He further wrote, 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."