Sajid Khan’s former assistant director shares her MeToo story, exposes the director in a chilling account
Housefull and Heyy Baby director Sajid Khan's former assistant director Saloni Chopra has spoken out about facing harassment and being subjected to sexual misconduct by Sajid Khan.
With the #MeToo movement gaining momentum, more and more men and women are speaking out about the abuse and misconduct they have been subjected to. Many are naming the predators and shaming them publicly. The authorities are also taking note of the revelations and many powerful men have had to step down from their positions. Kailash Kher, Chetan Bhagat, Alok Nath, Nana Patekar and others have been accused of sexual misconduct and harassment. Today, Sajid Khan’s former assistant director shared a chilling account of her experience of working with the director.
Saloni Chopra shared that in 2011 she interviewed with Sajid Khan for the position of his assistant director. He asked questions like if she has ever been sexually abused or if she would ever get a breast job and opined how sex is about a mental connection. She broke down after the interview, but got the job. When she started working for Sajid, he said that she was a ‘director’s assistant’ not an assistant director. She writes that he started calling her at odd hours and asked what she was wearing or what she ate. He asked her to send him bikini photos as he wanted to check how she looked if she ever wanted to become an actor.
She faced repeated harassment and Sajid Khan always passed comments like she wasn’t sexy enough or didn’t have enough ‘oomph’. She mentions how he would say horrible things about his then girlfriend. Sajid Khan allegedly talked about the size of his dick and asked Saloni to touch it. His harassment continued and Saloni writes about an incident where he asked her to lift a skirt of a girl who was playing a role in his movie; he insulted her and commented that how did she think she would become an actress without having any breasts or ass.
When the harassment continued for months, on one night Sajid Khan asked her to come to stay at his house. When she asked him what she wanted from him and if it was about sex, she was ready only if he'd back off after that. Sajid yelled at her and told her that she was stupid if she thought it was only about sex. It was about being his 'little bitch' who does everything asked by him.
When she pleaded and asked him what it is that he wanted from her, "he said he wants me to do everything he tells me to. Stay with him. Maybe he'll ask me to touch myself in front of him, maybe he'll want to record it. He'll do things to me and give me orgasm and teach me the art of sex but maybe he won't actually put his dick inside me. Maybe he will.But it would be up to him what he wanted and if I thought casting couch was just about one time sex then I was foolish. No one would cast me unless I was ready to be their 'keep', Saloni writes.
The next time she went for shoot, she was petrified. Sajid asked her to write a column for him, she started writing. They didn't talk about anything else until Sajid Khan snapped, 'Spread your legs when you sit.'. When Saloni refused, he started again about how she was unattractive and then he tried to grab his hand and put it on his dick to show her that she did not give him a boner. He kept yelling, 'see? you don't even make me hard'
Saloni threw the laptop and walked out of the room. He called subsequently only to keep threatening her.
Not only Saloni, a freelance journalist has also spoken out against Sajid Khan. She narrated how during an interview he talked about his penis, flashed it and forced his tongue down her throat.
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