‘My Mind, Body, Heart Grossly Violated That Night and For Next 6 Months’: Rajkumar Hirani Accused of Sexual Assault by Sanju Co-Worker
The alleged abuse and assault, as per a report, mainly took place during the post-production work of 'Sanju'.
Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani has been reportedly accused of sexual assault by a woman who worked with him in the Sanjay Dutt biopic Sanju.
As per a HuffPost India report, the woman has alleged that Hirani sexually abused her on more than one occasion over six months between March and September 2018. The alleged abuse and assault mainly took place during the post-production work of Sanju. The victim had reportedly said the same to Sanju co-producer and Hirani’s close business associate, Bollywood producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra in an email.
In her email, she said that on April 9, 2018, Hirani made a sexually suggestive remark and then sexually assaulted her at his home office. “I remember forming these words on my lips — ‘Sir. This is wrong… Because of this power structure. You being the absolute power and me being a mere assistant, a nobody’— I will never be able to express myself to you,” the report quoted her as saying.
“My mind, body and heart were grossly violated that night and for the next six months,” she added.
The victim alleged that she was intimidated by Hirani — her boss at the time — adding that she took great caution to conceal Hirani’s actions, for her father was terminally ill and she desperately needed the job.
“I had no choice but to be polite to him. “It was unbearable but the reason I endured it all until I couldn’t, was because I didn’t want my job to be taken away from me, and work to be questioned. Ever,” she told HuffPost India, adding, “I was worried that if I left midway, it would be impossible to find another job in this industry if he were to speak badly about my work,” the woman said. “Because if Hirani said I wasn’t good, everybody would listen. My future would be in jeopardy.”
The Munna Bhai MBBS director, of course, has denied the allegations.
“At the outset, our client states that the allegations made against him are false, mischievous, scandalous, motivated and defamatory,” said Hirani’s lawyer.