On Wednesday, there were media reports that Star Vijay, which airs Bigg Boss Tamil, had filed a police complaint on evicted contestant Madhumitha. However, the channel refused to comment on the same. Following this, Madhumitha called for a press conference on Thursday, where she confirmed that Star Vijay has indeed filed a police complaint against her.
The controversy appears to be over payment. Speaking to the media, Madhumitha said, "Vijay TV and I agreed on the matter (amount) and they agreed to pay me also. Then only I sent invoice after I came out of the Bigg Boss show. That is why I got shocked when I heard that they have filed a complaint against me. In fact, I didn't get any calls from the police or any legal person regarding that. That is why I said I don't know when you all called me and asked yesterday."
Star Vijay's complaint is that Madhumitha threatened the channel to pay up the dues. According to the actor, she was paid Rs 11,40,000 as advance and she is yet to be paid for the 42 days that she spent in the house.
While the PRO of Star Vijay declined to comment on the issue when TNM contacted the channel on Wednesday, a police officer from the Guindy Police Station confirmed that the complaint had been filed.
Speaking to TNM, Guindy Police Station Inspector Chandru said, “We have received a complaint but we are yet to begin investigation. Madhumitha had apparently sent a voice note to one of the organisers, asking for the rest of her dues to be settled within the next two day.”
Contrary to media reports, the officer told TNM that the actor had not threatened to kill herself in her communication with the channel, but had asked Star Vijay to not cause her any more stress. “We do not know what kind of pressure she is undergoing. We will know only when we investigate,” he said.
Madhumitha was evicted from the Bigg Boss house on Saturday for self-harming. The contestant had told host Kamal that she'd done so because of the severe stress under which she was placed, following several arguments in the Bigg Boss house.The channel was criticised for the way in which it dealt with mental health, making a show out of Madhumitha's act rather than empathising with her and offering mental health support.