Wednesday , January 23 2019

Now, Tamil actress Varalaxmi claims TV exec asked her for sexual favours


Chennai: Amid growing furor over the abduction and harassment of a leading south Indian actress, a noted Tamil actress on Monday appealed that a TV channel executive had spoken to her in an “inappropriate” manner.

Kollywood actress Varalakshmi Sarathkumar stated women’s safety has become a joke as she rallied behind the fellow actress who faced the harassment in Kochi.

Recalling a meeting with the programming chief of a “leading” TV Channel, Sarathkumar requested that towards the end he had asked her if they can “meet outside”.

“When questioned if it was regarding some other work ‘his answer (stated with a smug like it was the norm) no no! Not work. For other things,” she tweeted.

“I hide my shock and anger and tell him Sorry! Please leave. His last words on the topic were So.. That’s all? And he smiled and walked away,” she posted on Twitter without specifying when the incident happened.

“I am an actress. It does not mean that just because I lead a glamorous life on screen that I deserve to be spoken with disrespect. It’s my life, my body and my wish,” she stated.

She stated incidents of rape, molestation, manhandling and disrespect to women were increasing “at alarming rates”. Varalakshmi, daughter of actor-turned-politician Sarathkumar, has acted in several Tamil films.

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