(Eds;adding reactions of Chinmayi and BJP state president) Chennai, Oct 14 (PTI) Veteran Tamil film lyricist Vairamuthu Sunday said sexual harassment allegations against him are “false” and he is ready to follow the legal route if the accusers file a complaint against him. Also Read - Communications Decency Act: US Senate Panel Votes to Subpoena Facebook, Google, Twitter CEOs
Several women, including singer Chinmayi Sripaada, have accused Vairamuthu of sexual harassment. Also Read - Mystery Outage? Twitter Is Back Now After It Stopped Working For Users Across the World
Apart from her own story, Chinmayi corroborated three accounts of Vairamuthu’s alleged sexual misconduct and posted them on Twitter without naming the victims. Also Read - Piggy Rides, Grandmom's Stories And More, Dilip Kumar Recalls Childhood at Peshawar Haveli in New Tweets
In a short video released on Twitter, the lyricist claimed he has collected “unassailable evidence” in his defence and said he was ready to face those accusing him in the court.
“Allegations levelled against me are totally false, motivated. If they are true, those concerned can file a case against me.. I am waiting to face,” he said.
Vairamuthu said in past one week he held in-depth deliberations with senior lawyers and intellectuals on the issue.
Asking people to not judge him, the lyricist said, “None should decide if I am a good or a bad person. Let the court decide. I will bow to the court’s verdict.” Reacting to the lyricist’s video, Chinmayi Sunday tweeted “Mr. Vairamuthu should take a lie detector test.
BJP state president Tamilisai Soundararajan in her tweet questioned the need to put out a video a week after the allegations were levelled.
“…suspicion over the poet is growing stronger,” she said.
With the #MeToo movement gaining momentum, actor-politician Kamal Haasan said Friday men accused of sexual harassment by women should respond to the allegations.
The movement has gathered pace over the past few days with a number of women speaking out on sexual harassment at workplace and support for them has been pouring in from various quarters.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.