AIB writer Utsav Chakraborty apologises following harassment accusations: 'How to make things right?'

A writer-comic has accused AIB collaborator Utsav Chakraborty of sexual harassment

FP Staff October 05, 2018 11:40:32 IST
AIB writer Utsav Chakraborty apologises following harassment accusations: 'How to make things right?'

Writer-actor Utsav Chakraborty, known for his role in Better Life Foundation and his collaborations with comedy collective All India Bakchod, has been accused of sexual harassment. A female Twitter user, who works as a writer-comedian (and is not being identified in this report until Firstpost receives permission from her to do so) charged Chakraborty with sending sexually explicit messages to her and several other women of her acquaintance.

The woman alleged that Chakraborty had sent her unsolicited pictures of his genitalia, and later asked her not to "out him" as it would be a setback to his career. The allegations were detailed in a Twitter thread by the woman on Thursday, 4 October 2018. The woman's tweets, which were shared and re-tweeted several times on the microblogging platform, prompted others to come forward and detail their allegations against Chakraborty. Prominent comedians and writers, including Aditi Mittal and Varun Grover, called Chakraborty out on the allegations.

AIB writer Utsav Chakraborty apologises following harassment accusations How to make things right

Tweets from Aditi Mittal and Varun Grover. Image via Twitter

The woman has said that she had previously notified other comedians about Chakraborty's behaviour but they continued to work with him.

Mumbai Police has since requestedthe woman to share her contact number so they can investigate the matter on priority.

AIB writer Utsav Chakraborty apologises following harassment accusations How to make things right

Tweet from Mumbai police

Meanwhile, stories shared by other women on Twitter detailed incidents where Chakraborty had allegedly sent them unsolicited pictures of an explicit nature, asked for nudes, and otherwise behaved in deeply inappropriate ways. Some of the woman have said they were minors at the time of being contacted by Chakraborty. As the allegations gained traction on Twitter, AIB issued a statement saying they were de-listing all videos featuring Chakraborty, and also expressed their regret over providing a safe working environment for him. "The accusations describe a pattern of behaviour that is unacceptable, and we at AIB condemn Utsav's alleged behaviour," the statement read.

Following these allegations, Utsav posted a statement on his Twitter handle stating that the matter was 'far more complicated' than it looks. He further added that the whole matter needed 'context' which he soon hoped to provide. Explaining himself with a long thread, he regretted his actions but stopped short of an apology. He wrote that he could say he wasn't in control but it still doesn't absolve him.   

On 5 October, the comedian posted a tweet apologising for his deeds, and stated that he could not think of himself as a "victim" anymore.

Firstpost has contacted the woman for her statement. This report will be updated once we receive their response

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