Nana Patekar (left) and Akshay Kumar during a film scene (Photo: Screengrab)
Bollywood actor Nana Patekar, who has been accused of sexual harassment by Tanushree Dutta, has ‘distanced’ himself from the upcoming film ‘Housefull 4’, his son Malhar said in a statement in Mumbai on Friday.
"Nanasaheb doesn’t 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 4'," Malhar said.
The development comes a day after lead actor of the film Akshay Kumar wrote to the producers of the film to halt the shooting until the probe is completed. Akshay said he would not work with proven offenders and demanded justice for the victims.
"I have requested producers of Housefull 4 to cancel the shooting until further investigation. This is something that requires stringent action. I will not work with proven offenders and all those who have been subjugated to harassment should be heard and given the justice they deserve," Akshay wrote on Twitter on Friday.
The statement from Akshay, the most high-profile actor of Housefull 4, came after at least three women came out with similar accusations of sexual harassment against the film’s director Sajid Khan.
Sajid Khan had also decided to step down as the director of the film following the accusations. He, however, denied the charges and said that he will “allay the allegations and prove the truth”.
Meanwhile, Nana Patekar had also rebutted the allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour. Tanushree Dutta had accused that the national-award-winning actor had sexually assaulted her during the shooting of a song sequence for the 2008 flick Horn OK Pleassss.