Famous filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani, known for directing blockbusters like Sanju, PK and 3 Idiots has been accused of sexual assault, HuffPost India reported.
The victim has accused Hirani of sexually assaulting her in the period between March and September 2018, when she was working with the director on the movie Sanju.
The allegations were made through an email addressed to Sanju co-producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Film critic Anupama Chopra, screenwriter Abhijat Joshi and Vidhu Vinod’s sister Shelly Chopra were also marked in the email dated November 3, 2018, the publication reports.
The woman said Hirani first made a sexually suggestive remark on April 9, 2018, and then assaulted her. The email sent by the woman read, “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.”
“My mind, body and heart were grossly violated that night and for the next 6 months,” the woman further added.
Hirani denying the allegations has said that “I was completely shocked when these allegations were brought to my notice about two months back. I had suggested immediately that it is essential to take this matter to any committee or legal body. The complainant has chosen to go to the media instead. I want to very strongly state that this is a false malicious and mischievous story being spread with the sole intention of destroying my reputation.”
Hirani has employed the services of advocate Anand Desai to respond to the accusations.