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Arshad Warsi stands with Rajkumar Hirani, says he never saw one thing wrong about him

Arshad Warsi while defending filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani against sexual harassment allegations, urged people not to jump to conclusions.

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New Delhi Updated on: January 15, 2019 18:47 IST
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Arshad Warsi espouses Rajkumar Hirani, says he never saw one thing wrong about him

#MeToo movement is again making headlines after Sanju mastermind Rajkumar Hirani was accused of sexual misconduct by none other than the film’s Assistant Director. Soon after the allegations, his name was dropped as a producer from upcoming Vidhu Vinod Chopra film Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga. However, amid this, many Bollywood celebrities have stood up in support of the filmmaker and urged people not to jump to conclusions. Joining the bandwagon, Arshad Warsi says he has never seen even one thing wrong about Rajkumar Hirani.

Asked about a woman's allegation that Hirani sexually assaulted her during the shoot of "Sanju", Arshad told IANS here: "For me, to pass any sort of judgement or come to a conclusion is absolutely wrong because I don't know exactly about the case. I don't know how much truth is there or how credible this accusation is. Has the proper investigation been done? I don't know about all that.

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"I personally don't like to jump to conclusions and pass my judgement and suddenly start looking at a person differently. I cannot do that, it's not right to do that. What I feel about Raju? I think he is a fabulous gentleman. He is a lovely guy. My association with him is so long, and I have never seen one wrong thing about him."

Arshad, who has worked with the director in films like "Lage Raho Munna Bhai", said he has never seen Hirani behave inappropriately.

"I have never seen him behaving badly or doing anything incorrect. So, suddenly hearing this, you think, 'How is this possible?'. I cannot say anything till it is all 100 per cent there... One cannot jump to a conclusion. It is not fair," added the actor, who was here to promote his forthcoming release "Fraud Saiyyan".

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According to a HuffPost India article on Sunday, the woman claimed that Hirani sexually abused her on more than one occasion over a six-month period between March and September 2018. The 56-year-old filmmaker has denied the allegation.

(With IANS Inputs)

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