Mumbai: Paula, an Indian model, accused filmmaker
of harassing her under the pretence of getting her a role in
She penned a note on Wednesday which stated that she was abused by Khan at the age of 17. “When #MeToo movement started, a lot of people spoke about Sajid Khan but I did not dare to because like every other actor who has no godfather and had to earn for a family I kept quiet. Now I don’t have my parents with me. I’m earning for myself. I can dare to tell that I have been harassed by Sajid Khan at the age of 17 (sic),” she wrote.
Sharing her ordeal, she continued, “He spoke dirty to me. He tried to touch me. He even told me to strip in front of him just to get a role in his upcoming Housefull movie (sic).”
said that she did wrong by not speaking about it earlier but has now realised that it had affected her so bad as a child that she chose not to speak.
She also said that such people should be behind bars for
and for “manipulating and stealing away your dreams”. “I did not stop! But the wrong I did was not to speak about it! (sic),” she wrote.
During the 2018 #MeToo movement, Khan was accused of sexual harassment by three members of the film fraternity as well as by a journalist. Lipstick Under My Burkha actor Aahana Kumra had also alleged that though Khan did not touch her, he had asked her inappropriate questions when she had caught up with him for work.