Filmmaker Sajid Khan has been suspended for a year by the Indian Film & Television Directors' Association, over sexual harassment complaints against him. The decision came after several women accused the filmmaker of sexual harassment in the wake of the #metoo movement, according to a news agency ANI reports.
ANI tweeted, ‘’Indian Film & Television Directors' Association, suspends Sajid Khan for one year over sexual harassment complaints against him. #MeToo.’’
Earlier, former Miss India and actor Niharika Singh opened up about her #MeToo experiences in entertainment industry calling out Bollywood biggies Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sajid Khan and Bhushan Kumar. The "Miss Lovely" actor's account was shared on Twitter by journalist Sandhya Mennon.
Niharika said she decided to write the piece "to expand my own understanding of what constitutes abuse, who we choose to punish and whom we are willing to forgive".
The actor said she has dealt with various forms of exploitation throughout her life and her main struggle started once she decided to move to Mumbai to make her name in the modelling and movie business.
Talking about Sajid she said, "filmmaker Sajid Khan, who I met a couple of times while he was dating an actress I knew years ago, made a few predictions when a close friend of ours was opening her second restaurant - 'This place will shut down within a year, mark my words.' To his actress girlfriend he said, 'She won't survive a day without me in Bollywood'. 'And, this one', looking at me straight, 'will soon commit suicide'.''
"My restaurateur friend is opening her fourth restaurant. It is difficult to get a table at the other three. The actress' career skyrocketed after she dumped the filmmaker and I, have managed to stay alive," she wrote.
Sajid even stepped down as the film's director on Friday as multiple women came out to share their #MeToo experiences with him.
(With PTI Inputs)