Bollywood superstars Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan were romantically involved with each other during the late 90s. But their relationship hit a rough patch and Aishwarya called it quits. In 2002, the former Miss World revealed that the Dabangg star physically assaulted her on multiple occasions.
A news source reported Aishwarya saying, “He would call me and talk rubbish. He also suspected that I was having affairs with my co-stars. There were times when Salman got physical with me, luckily without leaving any marks. I would go to work as if nothing happened. That is why, like any other self-respecting woman, I ended my relationship with him.”
With the ongoing #MeToo movement that has finally hit Bollywood, a throwback interview of Salman has been going viral. The footage belongs to NDTV, wherein the journalist asks the Sultan actor if he ever hit a woman, implying Aishwarya.
Salman recalled when another journalist had asked him the same question a long time ago. He said that he had banged the table which left the journalist startled. The Bajrangi Bhaijaan actor added, “The table nearly broke. So if I were to beat someone up, it’s obviously going to be a fight and I would be angry. And if I was to hit any woman, I’d give her my best shot. I don’t think she would survive it.”
However, a couple of months after Aishwarya’s 2002 interview, Salman responded to her allegations. He said, “I have never beaten her. I get emotional and hurt myself. I have banged my head against the wall but I cannot hurt anyone else,” he stated.