Yash Raj Films sacks its senior executive Ashish Patil after #MeToo allegations emerged against him on social media. Tuesday morning the YRF announced to terminate the services of Ashish with immediate effect following the sexual harassment stories.
— Yash Raj Films (@yrf) October 16, 2018
Ashish was Vice President Brand Partnerships and Talent Management and Business Creative Head of Yash Raj Films. A week before an aspiring actress and model had accused Ashish of forcibly kissing her in her #MeToo story.
The survivor has chosen to remain anonymous said that Ashish had been harassing her and demanded favours in exchange for work. She open up by texting her #MeToo story with an activist.
“Ashish Patil has been asked to proceed on administrative leave till YRF thoroughly investigates the allegations levelled on him. YRF has earnestly requested the survivor to kindly step forward and share her account of the incidents to the Presiding Officer of our Internal Complaints Committee who would maintain utmost confidentiality. We seek her kind cooperation in the investigation so that we can appropriately address this issue. We are more than willing to extend our full support and cooperation to address this serious allegation. YRF has zero tolerance towards any form of sexual exploitation or harassment of women and we shall take the strictest necessary action against the alleged perpetrator, if the allegations of sexual harassment are found to be true,” said the spokesperson of Yash Raj Films.
So far many big names from film industry, media industry, entertainment industry and politics have emerged on social media. The big names include Sajid Khan, Kailash Kher, Rajat Kapoor, Alok Nath and others who were accused of sexual misconduct; celebrities like Priyanka Chopra, Aamir Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan and other A-listers have come out in open to support the cause. While on one hand, Aamir Khan stepped down as the producer of Mogul post the news of director Subhash Kapoor’s sexual harassment made rounds.