In the wake of #MeToo Movement, many women have come out sharing their horrifying stories of harassment. From AIB comedians Utsav Chakraborty, Gursimran Khamba to filmmaker Vikas Bahl and actor Alok Nath, some renowned names have been accused of sexual misconduct. Now, a former student of IIT-BHU, has claimed that she was harassed by Masaan co-writer Varun Grover back in 2001. The screenshots shared by an anonymous woman went viral on social media after which Varun issued a detailed clarification denying all allegations.
He took to the micro-blogging site, Twitter and wrote, “I completely, totally, categorically deny all the allegations being made. The screenshot in question is untrue, misleading, and defamatory to say the least. Issuing a detailed statement soon.”
In his detailed statement, he clarified, “I know it is hard to reconcile the two – ‘believe women’ and ‘don’t put any allegations on me’. I have been thrown this curve ball and I will find a way but at the end of the day, a complete lie can’t be allowed to roam free while truth sits concerned in a dungeon.”
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Filmmakers Anurag Kashyap and actress Swara Bhasker supported the comedian.
Kashyap tweeted, “This man I have known so closely and so so long that I refuse to believe any allegations about him. #believethevictim and investigate the claims and also be careful to not let vested interests sabotage a long pending genuine movement.”
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Swara wrote, “It is imperative that anonymous accounts be discouraged. Brave women are sharing their names and stories, enabling other women to speak up. We need thorough, investigative journalism that questions both alleged perpetrators & victims & corroborates stories & fact finds.”
After Tanushree Dutta accused Nana Patekar of sexual harassment on the sets of Horn Ok Pleassss in 2008, many survivors have come forward and shared their stories.