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YRF fires vice-president accused of sexual misconduct

YRF requested the accuser to share her story with the Presiding Officer of their Internal Complaints Committee.

SNS | New Delhi |

Yash Raj Films on Tuesday terminated the services of Ashish Patil, a top executive, following allegations of sexual harassment against him.

Patil, who served as vice president, Brand Partnerships and Talent Management & Business and Creative Head of YRF, was on Tuesday fired from his position with immediate effect.

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In a statement, YRF said, “Yash Raj Films terminates the services of Mr. Ashish Patil: Brand Partnerships and Talent Management & Business and Creative Head of Y-Films, with immediate effect.”


“We have gone through the survivors account and her experience that Ms Japleen Pasricha has shared “with the survivor’s consent” on her Twitter handle. YRF respects women and strives to provide safe working environment for its women colleagues including aspiring women artists who visit YRF for auditions, interviews or to share their work. YRF takes serious view of such misconduct,” the statement reads.

An anonymous woman, on Twitter, shared her #MeToo story of the time when she was allegedly harassed by Patil.

The woman alleged that Patil would constantly assure her of a future, which never turned out. She even had to indulge in some of Patil’s sexual advances as he promised that he will assign a project to her in YRF.

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After the charged surfaced on Twitter, YRF requested the accuser to share her story with the Presiding Officer of their Internal Complaints Committee.

The #MeToo movement in India gained momentum after Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta accused Nana Patekar of sexual harassment during the shooting of 2008 film Horn Ok Pleasss.