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Bigg Boss contestant opens up on being sexually harassed by director

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 • Tamil Comments

Rashami Desai, who is one of the most popular contestants of Bigg Boss 13, hosted by Salman Khan, revealed in a recent interview with an entertainment portal that she was only 16 when she decided to take up a career in the cine industry and was sexually harassed by a casting director not much later.

According to a report by the entertainment portal, Rashami stated in their interview, "When I started my career 13 years ago, I was very young and from a completely non-filmy background. I didn't know anyone from the industry. I still remember that I was told if you don't go through casting couch, you won't get work. His name is Suraj and I don't know where he's now. First time we met, he asked me about my statistics and I didn't know what it meant back then. I told him I don't know and he knew that she's completely unaware of things. He was the first person who tried taking advantage of me and tried to molest me in some or the other way."

She reportedly further added, "One day, he called me for an audition and I was all excited. I reached the location and there was nobody in the room except him. There were no cameras and he tried his level best to spike my drink and get me unconscious. I kept saying I don't want to do. Somehow, he wanted to psyche my mind. From there, I managed to come out after two and a half hours and I told my mother everything. Next day, we went to meet him again and this time, my mother slapped him."

The #MeToo movement that began over a year ago exposed the sexual predators in the entertainment industry and started gaining momentum as victims of the industry started coming forward with their stories, especially since a few of the well-known actors/directors were named as sexual abusers.

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