Shatrughan Sinha voices support for Subhash Ghai in sexual harassment case: Would work with him even if he's proven guilty
Shatrughan Sinha said that the MeToo movement is being blown out of proportion and reputations and jobs are being lost through trial by media
Mumbai: Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha says while the MeToo movement is noble, it is becoming "free-for-all" and being blown out of proportion.
Excerpts from the interview:
What are your comments on your friend Subhash Ghai being accused of multiple sexual offences?
What happened to innocent until proven guilty? I am all for the MeToo movement, never in my 40-year career have I misbehaved with any woman. I treat every lady with utmost respect. Having said that, I think this MeToo campaign is being blown out of all proportion.
How do you think MeToo campaign is being blown out of proportion ?
While the cause was definitely noble and praiseworthy, it has now become a free-for-all. Anyone can name and shame anyone. Reputations and jobs are being lost through a trial by media. To all the women who are aggrieved I say, please go to court and make sure the wrongdoers are punished.
Would you be doing films with Subhash Ghai in the future?
Why not? If he is proven innocent, why not? Even if he is proven guilty, and he serves the punishment given to him, I'd work with him. Sanjay Dutt served his jail sentence and is back working in our large-hearted film industry. In fact, we had no problem working with him even when he was an accused in a serious case.
What is your opinion on top stars and directors vowing not to work with sexual offenders?
This hypocrisy I can't understand. They have no problem working with Sanjay Dutt who has been convicted. But they want to blacklist people whose guilt is yet to be proven. Just to look like heroes of the MeToo movement. I don't want to name anyone. But I will say this.—'Sau choohe khaa kar billi haj ko chali'. Those seeking to perch themselves on a high moral ground, should look into their conscience. The problem of sexual exploitation, doesn't end with some names being put out in the social media. This is just the beginning. The problem runs much deeper.
Your party colleague M J Akbar refuses to step down. What is your take on his brazen attitude?
I don't even know which political party I belong to anymore! Having said that, M J Akbar is a friend. And a wise one. I know him from the time he revolutionised journalism in this country. He knows what he is doing, and why. I believe he has employed 97 lawyers to defend him against charges (of sexual harassment). He should have employed three more lawyers... It would have been a century... Seriously, how can he afford such a massive legal fleet? I can't afford it if I ever need it.
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