New Delhi: Model Dimple Paul set several tongues wagging when she accused filmmaker Sajid Khan of sexual harassment. She alleged that Sajid had asked her to strip in front of him to bag a role in his film ‘Housefull’ 10 years ago. The model has now shared a video on her official Instagram to narrate her horrifying experience with the ‘Hey Baby’ director. She also revealed why she chose to speak up about her #MeToo story several years later.
“I was re-evaluating my life during the lockdown and realized that when I started my career with same pageant and all of these things happened with me, I didn’t go to any big banners for the next three to four years, thinking that everyone is the same. I wasted so many years of my life. I went through that stress, so how could I speak about it?,” Dimple said.
The model added that she wanted to tell her story as several people wish to enter the Hindi film industry and they should know about people like Sajid Khan.
“Also, my mother was orthodox. She never wanted me to get into the industry. If I told her about my first horrifying encounter with him (Sajid Khan), she would never allow me to enter Bollywood. So, I was saving myself at that time. And, I am sorry, I think I did something wrong. I didn’t speak up at that time. My mother passed away last year, my father is no more; I don’t think I am scared of anything. I just wanted to speak out my story because a lot of people want to get into Bollywood. They should know that some perverts like him exist,” Dimple, who goes by the name Paul, said in her video.
Dimple also strongly reacted to the trolls, who asked her about proof after she made the serious allegations.
“Tell me one thing. If someone is molested, especially at an audition at somebody’s house; first of all audition at houses shouldn’t be conducted, I didn’t have any guidance back then. If a girl goes to any audition, does she carry a camera with her?,” she said.
Dimple shared her post along with the caption, “#punishsajidkhan #arrestsajidkhan My little initiative for new girls coming to the industry I hope it helps, let’s clean the garbage!”
Watch her full video!
IFTDA had suspended filmmaker Sajid Khan for one year over complaints of sexual harassment against him. Dimple said that one year ban is not enough and he should be punished. She added that his sister Farah Khan should help him.
“He just got one year ban from the industry. If you molest so many girls, that’s what you get. I thought I was the victim 10 years back when this happened with me as I didn’t hear other people’s stories. Now, I feel Sajid Khan is the victim. I think Farah Khan should help her brother out as he is sick in his hand. We girls are not the victim, Sajid Khan is. One year ban is not enough. He should be punished,” she said.
For the uninitiated, several women including Rachel White, Saloni Chopra have accused Sajid Khan of sexual misconduct. Sajid stepped down as the director Akshay Kumar’s ‘Housefull 4’ after serious allegations were levelled against him.
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