Vairamuthu denies allegations; Samantha and Siddharth support Chinmayi
Chinmayi also shared messages from anonymous survivors complaining about dance master Kalyan, Ramesh Prabha, former president of Kalaignar TV network and musician Mandolin U Rajesh
Lyricist Vairamuthu has denied the sexual harassment accusation levelled against him by Chinmayi and others. He took to Twitter today to say, "The uncultured act of spreading falsehoods about famous people has become the culture in our country now. I have been continuously facing many insults in recent times and this latest (#MeToo accusations) is one among those. I do not take heed of such untrue statements. The truth will have its day."
In reply to Vairamuthu's statement, Chinmayi posted, "Liar!"
LIAR! https://t.co/osvaGLb4mQ— Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) October 10, 2018
About the ongoing debates about the reliability of her claims, she tweeted:
To EVERYONE who will debate about me on channels - whether you slut shame me or call me names— Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) October 10, 2018
Vairamuthu is a sexual predator. I will take this to my grave.
And to Tamil channels who wouldnt even carry a ticker OR report, wanting a byte *after* Delhi news channels.
Chinmayi, who had complained about Vairamuthu's inappropriate behaviour during an album launch in Switzerland, also posted a screenshot of a message she received from the program's organiser admitting that he was aware of the lyricist's "disgusting behaviour" towards her and saying that she could contact them for factual evidence.
She later shared an anonymous message from a girl who claims to have stayed in Vairamuthu's hostel, stating that his wife Ponmani would alert the girls to stay inside their rooms and wear shawls to escape from his lecherous sight.
More from Vairamuthu’s Ladies Hostel.— Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) October 10, 2018
More and more girls who stayed there are telling me. pic.twitter.com/iqhRAFpu1G
While most of the people from the film industry have maintained silence over the issue, actors Samantha and Siddharth have tweeted in support of Chinmayi.
Dear @23_rahulr and @Chinmayi I know the both of you for ten years now . I don’t know two more brutally honest people .It is this attribute of yours that I value most in our friendship . I love you with all my heart and what you say is the TRUTH !! #istandwithchinmayi— Samantha Akkineni (@Samanthaprabhu2) October 10, 2018
Siddharth meanwhile wrote:
Multiple women are speaking out against Kavignar #Vairamuthu. Without judging anyone, they must be heard. When somebody of @Chinmayi's stature who has so much to lose, stands by the accusers, that's huge! There will be investigation. First step #ListenToTheAccuser #MeToo #Timesup— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) October 9, 2018
The actor has also expressed his faith that the Tamil Nadu Producer Council and Nadigar Sangam will "come together soon and create a safe environment for survivors in this movement."
#TamilCinema took to the streets when #Jayalalithaa was arrested on corruption charges. I have faith that #ProducersCouncil and #NadigarSangam will come together soon and create a safe environment for survivors in this movement. Let's talk @VishalKOfficial #MeToo #Timesup— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) October 10, 2018
Apart from Vairamuthu, Chinmayi also shared messages from anonymous survivors complaining about dance master Kalyan, Ramesh Prabha, former president of Kalaignar TV network and musician Mandolin U Rajesh today.