After Sajid Khan renounced himself as the director of the upcoming Housefull franchise, now actor Nana Patekar has decided to step away from the movie due to sexual harassment allegations made against him by actress Tanushree Dutta.
The released statement says, “Nanasaheb does not want any inconvenience caused to anyone and hence in the backdrop of false accusations levelled against him. He thought it fit to distance himself with the ongoing project of Housefull.”
According to Tanushree Dutta, Nana Patekar behaved inappropriately with her during the shoot of a song sequence for Horn Ok Pleasss. Meanwhile, Nana has refuted to the accusations and said, "What should I say? I said 10 years ago. The truth which was 10 years ago remains the same today and will continue to be tomorrow as well."
Sajid Khan, on the other hand, released a statement on Friday that read, "In the wake of the allegations against me and the pressure being put on my family, my producer and the stars of the film Housefull 4, I must take the moral responsibility of stepping down from my directorial post, till the time I can allay the allegations and prove the truth. I request my friends in the media to kindly not pass judgment till the truth is out."
Sajid Khan and Nana Patekar's decision comes after Bollywood Khiladi and Housefull 4 lead actor Akshay Kumar requested the producers of the film to cancel all shoots until a proper investigation is done as he does not want to work with any proven offenders. His co-star Riteish Deshmukh also released a statement endorsing Akshay’s stand.