Filmmaker Sajid Khan was forced to quit 'Housefull 4' following sexual harassment acquisitions. Now, 48-year old faces one-year suspension by Indian Film and Television Directors' Association (IFTDA) after being accused of sexual harassment by a journalist, a female actor and an assistant director.
Bipasha Basu, Dia Mirza and Lara Dutta also took a dig on the director. Confirming the news IFTDA president Ashoke Pandit said, "The committee investigated the complaints in the spirit of POSH Act and in compliance of principles of sexual harassment, unwelcome sexually determined behaviour, unwarranted contact by poking and advances, demands for sexual favours and abuse of power by Sajid Khan."
Sajid had to step down as the director while filming for Housefull following the brawl as many came forward to speak against the veteran filmmaker.
While Ashoke Pandit concluded saying "Mr Sajid Khan was given an opportunity to put forth his defence. He did not give any explanation, response or defence to the allegations of sexual harassment, unwelcome sexually determined behaviour, poking at the girls and asking the girls to seduce or strip or to show cleavage and other sexual misconduct and thereby traumatised them mentally and emotionally."
He further added, "Mr Sajid Khan did not accept the sexual molestation of the complainants but admitted that his behaviour and language was impolite, he had been brash and used abusive language with his friends which included boys and girls. He admitted that he had sex relations with girls, but with their consent."