#MeToo: Twinkle asks for firm stand, Akshay cancels 'Housefull 4' shoot with Sajid and Nana

MUMBAI: Akshay Kumar has halted the shoot for the film "Housefull 4" asserting that he will not work with any "proven offenders". This came after Twinkle Khanna called on the cast and crew of "Housefull 4" to take a "firm" stand on the multiple incidents of sexual harassment being reported against director Sajid Khan and actor Nana Patekar.

She said she was horrified by what women had to go through. The actor's comments come after "Housefull 4" director Sajid Khan was accused of sexual harassment by two women.

The comedy film features Nana Patekar, who has also been "outed" by actor Tanushree Dutta, as well Khanna's husband Akshay Kumar.

"Appalled hearing multiple incidents of harassment and it is truly horrific to hear what these women have been through. Everyone involved in Housefull needs to take a firm stance on this issue. This cannot go on," she wrote on Twitter.

Khanna had earlier voiced support for Dutta, saying a healthy working environment is a fundamental right.

"Please read this thread before judging or shaming #TanushreeDutta a working environment without harassment and intimidation is a fundamental right and by speaking up this brave woman helps pave the way towards that very goal for all of us," she had tweeted.

Stringent action should be taken against the offenders, Kumar said in a brief statement posted on Twitter.

"I've just landed back in the country last night and reading all the news has been very disturbing. I've requested the producers of Housefull 4 to cancel the shoot until further investigation," he wrote.

"This is something that requires stringent action. I will not work with any proven offenders and all those who have been subjugated to harassment should be heard and given the justice they deserve," the 51-year-old actor added.

Patekar has denied Dutta's allegations that he harassed her during a film shoot in 2008 and sent her a legal notice.

Khan has not yet responded to the allegations against him.

The cast of "Housefull 4", produced by Sajid Nadiadwalla, also includes Riteish Deshmukh, Bobby Deol, Sharad Kelkar, Pooja Hegde, Kriti Kharbanda and Kriti Sanon.

 

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