Oct 202017
 

Actress Richa Chadha, who minces no words when she talks about social issues, says it’s important for people to keep the discussion on about sexual harassment all the time, instead of only when it’s “trending”. The social media has been abuzz with a ‘Metoo’ campaign, as part of which women from across the world have been expressing their experiences with sexual harassment. Richa told IANS: “First, I would like the media to carry a consistent campaign against sexual harassment, verbal or otherwise, not just discuss it in a hurry when it’s a ‘trending’ topic.”

Richa Chadha
Richa Chadha

Secondly, she feels, “Men all over the world need to recognise the privilege they have in that, they can wear what they want, do whatever they want, go wherever they want, hang out with who they want without anyone questioning their character”. “The axis of the world is tilted in favour of the man. And I am not surprised by women contributing to the ‘MeToo’ campaign,” added the actress, who has featured in films like “Fukrey” and “Masaan”.

The campaign is in the wake of the sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein by a long list of actresses including Lupita Nyong’o, Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow.

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Oct 142017
 

The Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment case has jolted Hollywood, with Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow speaking about their horrific experiences with the producer. Turns out, the Weinstein story may have a Bollywood connect too in the form of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Buzz suggests that the former producer “begged” talent manager Simone Sheffield, who used to handle Rai’s Hollywood career, to arrange a meeting with the actor.

Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Georgina Chapman and Harvey Weinstein at the AmFar Gala in 2014
Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Georgina Chapman and Harvey Weinstein at the AmFar Gala in 2014

Encouraged by women coming out in the open about Weinstein’s sexual harassment, Sheffield too added her voice in the outrage. In a post, she stated, “I found it comical how hard Harvey tried to get Aishwarya alone…He asked me to leave the meeting numerous times and I politely declined. When we were leaving his office, he cornered me and said ‘what do I have to do to get her alone?’ I told him to ‘kiss my black a**’.”

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