TVF founder Arunabh Kumar rubbishes sexual harassment claims; wants victim to file FIR

FP Staff

Mar 14, 2017 11:10:05 IST

On Holi, an anonymous writer wrote a blog on Medium about how during her tenure as an employee with The Viral Fever, founder Arunabh Kumar harassed and molested her multiple times, allegedly right through their popular shows, Pitchers and Tripling.

TVF founder Arunabh Kumar rubbishes sexual harassment claims; wants victim to file FIR

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The blog, titled 'The Indian Uber - That is TVF' has now gone viral and has resulted in multiple other women coming out and speaking about their bad experiences with Kumar.

And now, Arunabh has spoken about the claims to Mumbai Mirror, where he categorically denies any such event happening. He states that the claims are fake, and urges the victim to file a police complaint or bring up the issue with TVF HR.

He says, "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 persecuted."

Kumar also revealed that TVF has approached Medium to check the credibility of the blog. The blogging website has informed them that in the next 48 hours, if the post turns out to be inauthentic, it will be taken down.

Meanwhile, other members of TVF have also spoken about the issue. Biswapati Sarkar, who is known for his spoofs on Arnab Goswami, tweeted about the issue.

Other TVF members, Nidhi Bisht and Amit Golani, also tweeted about their stance:

It is important to note that in the Mumbai Mirror report, Arunabh has agreed that in an earlier issue involving ex-TVF employee Aayushi Aggarwal, a case of harassment was filed against him and a committee looked into the matter.

Meanwhile, responses from the TVF have been mostly on the defensive, calling the victims "random" and fake, apart from Nidhi Bisht, who asks for any female employees to speak up about any sort of issue they have faced with TVF.

Updated Date: Mar 14, 2017 14:24:57 IST

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