Sajid Khan faces one-year suspension from Indian Film and Television Directors' Association
Sajid Khan has been suspended from the Indian Film and Television Directors' Association (IFTDA) for a year with immediate effect. Following the POSH Investigation Closure Report of 7 December, 2018 — IFTDA — following the ICC’s recommendation, has suspended the director and the decision will be reviewed after a year. The decision was taken after reviewing the complaints from Rachel White, actors Karishma Upadhyay, Saloni Chopra and Simran Suri, a journalist.
In the letter sent to Khan the committee stated that following complaints against him ranged from "serious instances of sexual harassment, unwelcome sexually determined behaviour, unwarranted contact by poking and advances, demands for sexual favours and abuse of power." The committee added that despite having given Khan the opportunity to defend himself, Sajid chose to remain silent on the matter.
Taking an instance from an interview that Sajid gave to Bollywood Hungama, the letter quoted a section from his answer where the director admits to have treated women badly during his 20's — lying to them, cheating on them and even deceiving them.
Considering such instances, the committee thus decided to suspend his membership for a year. The letter acknowledged the efforts and stances adopted by other members of the industry — producer Sajid Nadiadwala, for having removed Khan as the director of Housefull 4; actors Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar and Farhan Akhtar for having defended the #MeToo movement throughout.
Updated Date: Dec 12, 2018 09:28:44 IST