#MeToo in India: Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao walk out of movie, refuse to work with colleague accused of sexual harassment
The two refused to mention the name of the project or the accused.
In a joint statement by Aamir and filmmaker-wife Kiran Rao, the duo said "Aamir Khan Productions we have always had a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual misconduct and predatory behaviour of any kind."
They said they were committed to making the industry a safe place.
"We believe that this is an opportunity for the film industry to introspect and take concrete steps towards change. For far too long women have faced the brunt of sexual exploitation. It has to stop."
https://t.co/NidpxviA95— Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) 1539190739000
Aamir and Rao also announced that they were distancing themselves from an upcoming project as the said person is accused of sexual misconduct.
"Two weeks ago, when traumatic #MeToo stories began emerging, it was brought to our attention that someone we were about to begin work with has been accused of sexual misconduct. Upon enquiry we found that this particular case is sub-judice, and that the legal process is in motion," the statement read.
"So, without casting any aspersions on anyone involved in this case, and without coming to any conclusions about these specific allegations, we have decided to step away from this film. We do not want our action to reflect in any manner on the people involved in this case," it added.
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Aamir said they were not in any position to pass a judgement on anyone as that is for the police and judiciary to do but added that a clean up was needed in the industry.
Though they refrained from taking any names, Aamir was supposed to produce Gulshan Kumar biopic, directed by Subhash Kapoor, who had been accused of sexual harassment by a female actor.