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Aamir, Kiran Rao step away from film, say 'someone' associated with proj accused of sexual abuse

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New Delhi | Thursday, Oct 11 2018 IST
Bollywood megastar Aamir Khan and wife Kiran Rao have issued a joint statement saying they are stepping away from a film, as 'someone' associated with the project has been accused of sexual misconduct.

Aamir and Kiran, who run production company Aamir Khan Productions, issued a statement late on Wednesday.

''As creative people we have been committed to foregrounding and finding solutions to social issues, and at Aamir Khan Productions we have always had a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual misconduct and predatory behaviour of any kind. We strongly condemn any act of sexual harassment, and equally we condemn any and all false accusations in such cases,'' the statement on Aamir's Twitter handle read.

The couple announced that they were distancing themselves from the 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 subjudice, and that the legal process is in motion,'' the statement said.

''We are not an investigative agency, nor are we in any position to pass judgement on anyone - that is for the police and judiciary to do. 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,'' it said.

Aamir and Kiran said they do not want their action to reflect in any manner on the people involved in this case.

''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. In this regard we are committed to doing any and everything to make our film industry a safe and happy one to work in,'' the statement added.

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