Rajkumar Hirani sexual assault case is a latest addition to the #metoo campaign in India.
Renowned Bollywood director Rajkumar Hirani has denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a subordinate over a period of six months in 2018.
Rajkumar Hirani, known for his witty comedy films that have grossed record numbers at the Indian box-office, was named in a Huffington Post India story on Sunday.
Reporting on Rajkumar Hirani sexual assault case, 56 years old Bollywood director sexually assaulted an anonymous woman on multiple occasions who is nearly 30 years younger than him.
In a statement late on Sunday, Rajkumar Hirani denied all allegations.
“I want to very strongly state that this is a false, malicious and mischievous story being spread with the sole intention of destroying my reputation,” Rajkumar Hirani said in a statement sent to journalists by his publicist.
Reuters was unable to reach him directly for further comment through text messages and phone calls. The identity of the woman could not be immediately ascertained.
He is the most high-profile Bollywood figure to face allegations since India’s #MeToo movement gathered pace online last September, leading to a series of accusations by women of sexual harassment or assault against actors, entertainers, editors and politicians, among others.