Amid all the uproar created by India’s own #MeToo movement, an old interview of Salman Khan has resurfaced in which he was asked he ever hit a woman.
The NDTV interview was shot in 2009, a few years after his former girlfriend Aishwarya Rai spoke up about being physically assaulted by the actor.
The video of Salman Khan talking about the claims made by the former Miss World has gone viral. The Sultan actor can be seen being asked if he had ever hit a woman. “Yeah, now that woman has said that I have. I mean there was a journalist Prabhu Chawla who asked me this long time ago, so I just banged the table and he got startled, the table really broke,” Salman replied.
“I mean, if I hit somebody, it’s obviously a fight, I am going to be angry. I am going to whack and give it my best shot. I don’t think she would’ve survived it,” the actor laughs it off.
Watch Salman Khan’s ridiculous answer when a journo asked if he had hit Aishwarya Rai pic.twitter.com/BFAbfKIFKS
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Bollywood star Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai started dating each other in 1999 after they shared the screen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. The couple parted their ways in 2002 allegedly because of Salman’s abusive behaviour.
In an interview to Times of India, Aishwarya Rai spoke about her relationship and said, “Salman and I broke up last March, but he isn’t able to come to terms with it. After we broke up, he would call me and talk rubbish. He also suspected me of having affairs with my co-stars. I was linked up with everyone, from Abhishek Bachchan to Shah Rukh Khan. There were times when Salman got physical with me, luckily without leaving any marks. And I would go to work as if nothing had happened.”