Singer Chinmayi Sripaada, who accused Tamil poet-lyricist of harassing her in her own #MeToo account has countered reports and reactions questioning the authenticity of her claims in a string of tweets. The singer had previously shared several anonymous accounts of other women implicating Vairamuthu in their #MeToo stories. Further, she also referred to AR Rahman's sister AR Raihanah's interview, where she opened up about hearing stories of the lyricist's alleged sexual misconduct. Enquiring on the same, Sripaada stated "What action will be taken against Mr Vairamuthu since anyway 'everyone knows'? What will be done on to condemn the behaviour of several others who have been named?"
Here's her tweet!
In another tweet, she added: "Not a word has been said to condemn such behaviour but how copious is the advice and the questions on 'Oh you will accuse and 'poor, respected' men should run?' Well, we are asking, we are speaking. Now. Dear society - Stop shielding predators."
Here's the tweet!
Earlier, the playback singer reiterated the entire incident with the renowned lyricist following which, in an exclusive interview with Republic TV, she said, “4-5 years ago, when I was performing in Switzerland, I was asked to go to Vairamuthu's room. My mother and I put our foot down and they refused to even send us back to India after that. We threatened to go to the embassy if we have to and another time I was blackmailed for saying I won't sing for him”
Over the past few weeks, the Me Too movement has gathered immense momentum in India. From members of the entertainment industry to mainstream politics and the media, several alleged victims of sexual harassment raised their voices. Drawing from the movement against sexual harassment that struck Hollywood last year, this path-breaking campaign was indeed much needed.
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