MUMBAI: Famend Bollywood director Rajkumar Hirani has denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a subordinate over a interval of six months in 2018.
Hirani, recognized for feel-good, comedy movies which have grossed file numbers on the Indian box-office, was named in a Huffington Submit India story on Sunday.
It quoted an unnamed lady, practically 30 years youthful than Hirani, who alleged the 56-year-old director sexually assaulted her on multiple event.
In an announcement late on Sunday, Hirani denied all allegations.
“I need to very strongly state that it is a false, malicious and mischievous story being unfold with the only intention of destroying my popularity,” Hirani stated in an announcement despatched to journalists by his publicist.
Reuters was unable to succeed in him instantly for additional remark by means of textual content messages and telephone calls. The id of the girl couldn’t be instantly ascertained.
Hirani is likely one of the business’s most revered administrators, and his final movie, a biopic on Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, was one of many highest-grossing movies of 2018.
He’s probably the most high-profile Bollywood determine to face allegations since India’s #MeToo motion gathered tempo on-line final September, resulting in a collection of accusations by ladies of sexual harassment or assault towards actors, entertainers, editors and politicians, amongst others.