Chinmayi mentioned two incidents when Vairamuthu had attempted to harass her.

Chinmayi accuses Vairamuthu of sexual harassment actor Siddharth tweets in support
news Me Too Tuesday, October 09, 2018 - 19:09

Since Monday, allegations of sexual harassment have been made against lyricist Vairamuthu. Journalist Sandhya Menon first shared an anonymous allegation about how Vairamuthu had assaulted a woman, who was 18 years of age and had gone to the poet to work on a project. Following this, singer Chinmayi retweeted the post and also shared similar allegations against Vairamuthu that had been made anonymously to her.

Finally, on Tuesday, Chinamyi herself named Vairamuthu as a sexual harasser and detailed how she had allegedly been asked by the organiser of a programme in Switzerland to "cooperate" with Vairamuthu. She was reportedly asked to visit him in a hotel in Lucerne. When she refused and demanded that they (Chinmayi and her mother) return to India, she was supposedly told that her career was over. Chinmayi says that the incident took place in 2005 or 2006.

Further, the singer added that 3-4 years ago, Vairamuthu had asked her to sing the Tamizh Thaai Vaazhthu at a book release function. When she refused him, he allegedly threatened her and said that he would tell a politician that she'd spoken ill of him onstage. Chinmayi also said that in all her years in the industry, nobody but Vairamuthu had behaved indecently with her. *

While actors Samantha and Varalaxmi Sarathkumar expressed their support for the #MeToo movement, there was resounding silence from the rest of the Tamil film industry. However, actor Siddharth finally tweeted that multiple women were speaking up against Vairamuthu and that their voices must be heard. "When somebody of Chinmayi's stature, who has so much to lose, stands by the accusers, that's huge!" wrote the actor. He further added there will be an investigation.

Anonymous accusations have also been made about Vairamuthu allegedly sexually harassing women at a hostel that he owns.

Vairamuthu is yet to comment on the issue.

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