#MeToo begins in Kerala? Actor Mukesh called out
Female casting director Tess Joseph alleged that the actor had made her uncomfortable when she worked with him on the quiz show Kodeeswaran
In what looks like the beginning of the #MeToo movement in Kerala, a female casting director called Tess Joseph has come out on Twitter alleging that Malayalam actor and CPI (M) MLA Mukesh made her uncomfortable 19 years ago.
In a Twitter post, she wrote that she was a 20-year-old when she worked on a quiz show called Kodeeswaran hosted by Mukesh, and that later she got multiple calls to her room from him. The actor later got her room shifted to be next to his, says Tess. She also added that she thanked her then boss Derek O'Brien for getting her out on the next flight.
I was 20 years old quiz directing #koteeswaran when the mallu host #mukeshkumar called my room multiple times and then changed my room to beside his on the next sch. My then boss @derekobrienmp spoke to me for an hour & got me out on the next flight. 19 yrs on thank you Derek.— Tess Joseph (@Tesselmania) October 9, 2018
Mukesh, however, has denied the allegations saying that he neither remembers the incident nor anyone called Tess Joseph.
Tess also posted a second tweet accusing the Le Meridien branch in Chennai for being 'enablers' when she asked why her room was changed.
I was the only woman in a crew of men. One night when the calls where never ending I stayed in my colleague room. And @LeMeridien chennai you are the worst for being enablers when I asked you why my room floor was different so nonchalantly I was told Mr Kumar asked for it.— Tess Joseph (@Tesselmania) October 9, 2018