Following news of Sajid Khan's alleged sexual harassment accusations by three women, sister and director Farah Khan recently tweeted that in case her brother is proven guilty of the charges, he will have "a lot to atone for". Farah added that this was a trying time for their family, saying that she in no way endorses such behaviour that Sajid has been accused of.
This is a heartbreaking time for my family.We have to work through some very difficult issues. If my brother has behaved in this manner he has a lot to atone for.I don't in any way endorse this behavior and Stand in solidarity with any woman who has been hurt.
" Farah Khan (@TheFarahKhan) October 12, 2018
This was seconded by actor Farhan Akhtar, who said that he was "shocked, disappointed and heartbroken" after learning about the allegations against the Housefull 4 director.
I cannot adequately stress how shocked, disappointed and heartbroken I am to read the stories about Sajid's behaviour. I don't know how but he will have to find a way to atone for his alleged actions. " Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) October 12, 2018
" Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) October 12, 2018
Earlier today, Sajid had released a statement via his official Twitter handle saying that following pressure from family, friends and colleagues, he had decided to step down as director of the upcoming comedy Housefull 4, till he manages to prove his innocence.
Akshay Kumar and wife Twinkle Khanna had both spoken up against the issue. While Akshay urged the producers to cancel further shooting of Housefull 4 until further investigation, Khanna asked the women involved in Housefull 4 to 'take a strong stance' against the accused members part of the project. Nana Patekar, who has been accused by Tanushree Dutta, is also scheduled to star in the upcoming comedy.
Network 18, of which Firstpost is a part, has received complaints of sexual harassment as well. The complaints which are within the purview of the workplace have been forwarded to our PoSH committee for appropriate action.