Singer/voice artiste and #MeToo activist Chinmayi Sripaada, who alleged two years ago that lyricist Vairamuthu had sexually harassed her, triggering similar allegations by multiple women, has once again posted an account of sexual harassment by the influential lyricist, this time shared anonymously by a person who seems to be a VJ in a popular television channel.
The person who shared the video is apparently known to Chinmayi, but did not wish to be named.
Chinmayi tweeted “Almost 2 years since the second wave of the #MeToo movement. #17. It took her 2 years to open up to me because her family doesn’t support. Have known her for years. And of course, does it even matter to the peeps of this society?(sic)”
She also shared screenshots of her conversation with the accuser. In the conversation, the girl said she had met Vairamuthu at a book release function in her college and the latter had signed her book with his number. She said she was very young then, and had ignored it. Later, she said, she met him again when she started as a video jockey on a popular TV channel. Vairamuthu asked for her number and she gave it without thinking twice. She claimed that, much to her shock, she received unbelievable calls and harassment from the lyricist, who repeatedly invited her to a place near Mount Road. He addressed her as the ‘angel’ he dreamt of. It got to a point where she had to get her media bosses to talk to Vairamuthu’s wife to get him to back off, she said.
Replying to a comment from Paul Prabhakar, one of her followers, that if Vairamuthu’s wife knows of the issue, his sons would also be aware of it, Chinmayi posted in reply “Of course they know. Their denying is not surprising though. Apple doesn’t fall…”