AIB has issued a statement announcing that its CEO and Co-founder, Tanmay Bhat, will be stepping down from his association with the company. The statement, released by HR, also mentioned that another member, Gursimran Khamba will be going away on a few days leaves of absence until more clarity on the matter is achieved. The comedian was accused of sexual harassment by his ex-girlfriend on Twitter. The woman alleged that Khamba forced himself on her after they broke up, in October and December. In a series of tweets made by her, she accused the comedian of ‘misconduct’ and bad behaviour, stating “it makes me sick to see people celebrate him when they don’t know the context and costs”.
Now, Khamba has released a statement denying the allegations. In a statement posted on social media, Khamba has apologised for “all the hurt’ his behaviour caused to the girl. However, he maintained that he denies ‘any violation of consent.’ The post reads, “I’m aware of the person who’s stated the above incidents but will not disclose their identity to protect their privacy. in 2015, we had hooked up consensually multiple times. But, I categorically deny the incident mentioned in October and December. I was not forceful.
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It is true that I developed feelings for her while she was dating someone else. During that time, given our friendship and history I felt rejected and was angry and did not behave appropriately at all. It had become a toxic relationship and I’d like to apologise unconditionally for it like I had done in the past. That behaviour was extremely uncalled for. She rightly stopped talking to me”.
Allegations against Khamba has come out in the light of various #MeToo cases shared by women on the social media. After AIB’s Utsav Chakraborty was accused of sending ‘unsolicited pictures’ of his private parts to women on Twitter, Tanmay Bhat apologised for knowing about the incident but choosing not to take any action.