Fresh allegations of sexual misconduct were made against lyricist Vairamuthu, and actor Radha Ravi too
With the #MeToo movement gathering momentum across the nation, yet another anonymous victim recalled an incident when national award winning lyricist Vairamuthu tried to touch her before she ran out of the office. This followed a similar accusation by an unnamed woman against the national award winning lyricist on Monday
On Tuesday, noted singer Chinmayi also tweeted on behalf of another victim, who said that the lyricist had gone to “various extents” at his hostel in the city. Meanwhile, a Chennai-based entertainment journalist tweeted on behalf of another victim, who said that veteran actor Radha Ravi had hugged and kissed her in his home at Alwarpet. “I met Radha Ravi on an official basis. He them asked me to meet him once I completed my assignment. He also said that I looked beautiful and not to bring my friends along with me to meet him. I gave up on it because I knew he had powerful political and industry connections,” she wrote.
Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, who is related to Radha Ravi took to Twitter and stood by the victims, “I am so happy that more and more women are finding the strength to say ‘#MeToo’. Your bravery is commendable. I am sorry though that some people, even other women themselves, will shame and burden you with the question of proof and doubt. Just know that you are saving many little girls with your voice. I support the #MeTooIndia movement.” Netizens lauded Varalaxmi for this bold move.
Later in the day, Chinmayi finally named Vairamuthu as a harasser and recalled how a few years ago, the lyricist, during a performance in Switzerland, asked the singer and her mother to stay back and meet him at his hotel, which she declined. Chinmayi said that she demanded that they (Chinmayi and her mother) return to India, to which she was told that her career was over.
Chinmayi said that the incident happened in 2005 or 2006. In another incident, Chinmayi was asked by Vairamuthu to sing Tamizh Thaai Vaazhthu but she refused to oblige. The lyricist had yelled at her and said he would l “tell a politician” that Chinmayi spoke disrespectfully about him on stage. Sources from the industry said that more celebrities would be exposed in the coming days.