Khan's announcement came in the wake of allegations of misconduct and harassment by journalist Karishma Upadhyay and actress Saloni Chopra. He said he wants me to do everything he tells me to. If I didn't pick up I was told it didn't matter to him if I was shitting or showering or having sex, when he called - I had to answer. "Of course he went into a philosophical rant about our human bodies and it's desires and how sorry he felt for people who had to go through abuse (not the only man who's said this shit before they take advantage of you, it's quite common) by the end of the interview I was in tears, and I wasn't entirely sure why".
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Adding further, Saloni said, "He'd say awful, disgusting things about his supposed girlfriend at the time, who also happened to be one of the kindest, nicest women I'd ever met in the industry". This one time, during a costume trial for a character in the movie he came in to see the girl in the outfit and asked her to lift her skirt and show her ass to him, she looked at me confused and I asked Sajid if it was necessary. "However, with the current atmosphere she made a decision to own her story and it's reaching out to every one".
When she said that her bikini shots were a part of her portfolio, he continued to insist. "No one would cast me unless I was ready to be their "keep", she said. I was so exhausted of the calls and the constant harassment, I asked him what he wanted from me. She posted, "The first time I interviewed Sajid Khan in the early 2000s, he called me to the house he shared with his sister".
She added, "I shrugged it off and asked him to stop. Thru the interview he talked about how large his penis is & how he knew how to satisfy a woman". He frantically started walking around the room telling me I was never going to have a future in this industry and no man would ever find me sexy and he should have a boner but he doesn't, he doesn't have a boner looking at me. Then I realised, why should I let go of an opportunity because a man can't keep his d**k in his trousers. "I won't touch you with a barge pole.' And then he laughed". Prominent among them have been writer-producer Vinta Nanda, actors Sandhya Mridul and Deepika Amin who have accused actor Alok Nath of harassment; an anonymous woman has accused veteran director Subhash Ghai of drugging and raping her; singer Sona Mohapatra has accused singer Kailash Kher and music composer Anu Malik of harassment and at least three women have spoken their ordeal at the hands of director Rajat Kapoor.