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It's extremely brave of every woman to have shared their stories: Riteish on #MeToo movement

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

has come out in support of women who have been sharing their experiences of as part of India's #MeToo movement.

Riteish's statement comes after his "Housefull 4" was accused of by three female actors and a

Sajid has since stepped down as the of "Housefull 4", which also stars and

"Deeply disturbing to hear and read the of so many women who had to go through these incidents of harassment in various fields. I think it's extremely brave of every woman to have shared their stories... All need to be heard and not judged. I stand with them today. #MeToo," Riteish tweeted.

The film's lead star Akshay announced Friday that the shooting has been put on hold for now.

"I've just landed back in the country last night and reading all the has been very disturbing. I've requested the producers of to cancel the shoot until further investigation," he wrote on

"This is something that requires stringent action. I will not work with any proven offenders and all those who have been subjugated to harassment should be heard and given the justice they deserve," the 51-year-old added.

Riteish said he "second Akshay's stand on 'Housefull 4'".

The film also featured Nana Patekar, who was the first celebrity to be accused of harassment by a fortnight ago. He has denied the allegation and the matter is sub judice.

The makers of "Housefull 4" have decided to drop him as well.

"is dropped from the film due to allegations of against him. The decision was taken today," source close to the production house, Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, told

Dutta's revelations have sparked what media is terming as India's #MeToo movement, where journalists, actors and professionals have taken to to talk about workplace harassment.

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 19:40 IST