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TVF Boss Arunabh Kumar 'Unequivocally Denies' He Sexually Harassed Ex-Employee: Report

TVF boss Arunabha Kumar said that he is willing to deal with the accusations set against him but legally. "I unconditionally and unequivocally deny all these allegations. Social media has already declared me an offender, but I am ready to address all the allegations against me," he said

  | March 14, 2017 13:49 IST (New Delhi)
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Arunabh Kumar is the CEO of The Viral Fever (courtesy: arunabh.kumar.1)

Highlights

  • 'I am open to receiving a police complaint,' said Arunabh Kumar
  • He said he wants to respond to the accusations legally
  • Others also revealed they experienced sexual harassment working with TVF
Arunabh Kumar, the CEO of online entertainment platform The Viral Fever, has denied allegations of molestation against him, saying he wants the accuser to lodge a police complaint so that the matter can be investigated legally, reported Mumbai Mirror. "I unconditionally and unequivocally deny all these allegations. Social media has already declared me an offender, but I am ready to address all the allegations against me. I am open to receiving a police complaint so that I can respond legally as well. TVF is bigger than me and if there is a remote chance that I have done any wrong, let me be prosecuted," Mumbai Mirror quoted him as saying.

Arunabh Kumar has been accused of sexual harassment by a former employee of TVF, who wrote in a blogpost - titled 'The Indian Uber - That is TVF' and published on Medium - "Right from Pitchers to Tripling, I was molested. Be it in parties where Arunabh would try to lift me or would try and fall on me pretending he is drunk." The post was shared over the weekend and went viral, invoking mixed reactions on Twitter. Pitchers and Tripling are two of TVF's most popular web series and were released in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

Mr Kumar's accuser has not revealed her identity and used the pseudonym 'Indian Fowler.' She reportedly joined The Viral Fever as a 22-year-old in 2014.

After the post on Medium, filmmaker Reema Sengupta and ex-TVF member Aayushi Agarwal also revealed they experienced sexual harassment while working with TVF. Part of Ms Sengupta's post read: "In the middle of the shoot, he (Arunabh Kumar) touches my shoulder tattoo and tells me he finds it sexy."

Read Ms Sengupta's Facebook post here:
 
 
 


Meanwhile, Ms Agarwal referred to the account on Medium and said: "I have had to face a similar experience working there."
 
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                                           A screenshot of the post shared by Aayushi Agarwal 

Arunabh Kumar dismissed Ms Sengupta's allegations as "untrue" and claimed that he had simply "complimented" the filmmaker. "The kind of insinuations the FB post makes are untrue. I am a heterosexual, single man and when I find a woman sexy, I tell her she's sexy. I compliment women. Is that wrong? Having said that, I am very particular about my behaviour - I will approach a woman, but never force myself," he told Mumbai Mirror.

When asked about Ms Agarwal, he revealed that she had complained about inappropriate behavior from a former colleague and told Mumbai Mirror: "The entire process was handled as it would be at any other corporate office." The colleague of Ms Agarwal was reportedly asked to leave.

The Viral Fever has so far released shows like Permanent Roommates, Humorously Yours, Chai Sutta Chronicle and TVF Bachelors, many of which are hugely popular amongst netizens.
 

 
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