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."
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.