Sajid Khan asked me to strip for role in Housefull: Model accuses filmmaker of sexual harassment

An Indian model named Dimple Paul accused Sajid Khan of sexually harassing her when she was 17 under the pretext of casting her in the movie, Housefull.

Paula, a model, accused Sajid Khan of sexually harassing when she was 17.

Paula, a model, accused Sajid Khan of sexually harassing when she was 17.

Almost two years after the #MeToo movement took over India, fresh allegations of sexual harassment have surfaced against Sajid Khan. Back in 2018, three women had accused the filmmaker of sexual harassment under #MeToo. On September 10, an Indian model named Dimple Paul, who goes by the name Paula took to Instagram to share how Sajid had harassed her under the pretext of casting her in the movie Housefull. She was 17 when Sajid harassed her.

Paula shared a series of text images on Instagram with the caption, “Before democracy dies and there is no freedom of speech anymore I thought I should speak (sic).”

Paula starts off, “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. 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).”

Paula goes on to write, “God knows with how many girls he has done this. I am coming out now not for any pity party. It’s just that I realised that had affected me so bad when I was a child and chose not to speak. But it’s high time no (sic)?”

Paula concluded the post saying, “These b******* should be behind bars not only for casting couch but also for manipulating and for stealing away your dreams. But I did not stop. But the wrong I did was not to speak about it (sic).”

After Paula’s post, several people took to social media to demand Sajid Khan be arrested. The hashtag #ArrestSajidKhan has been trending on Twitter ever since.

Following #MeToo allegations against Sajid Khan, the producers of Housefull 4 replaced him with Farhad Samji. The Akshay Kumar film went on to become a huge box-office hit.

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