Radha Ravi says Chinmayi and other women who spoke out about their experiences with sexual abuse and harassment as part of the #MeToo movement did so to blackmail them. In conversation with Silverscreen, Radha Ravi says that the entire #MeToo movement that began in October this year, is made up of women who want to extort money from celebrities.
“If you see, most of the stories are about things these women say happened years ago. Why did they wait so long to come out with the truth, if not for the money involved. That’s what we must focus on. Instead of channeling all our publicity teams on the sensational things they say, we must have a balanced discussion about their motives,” Radha Ravi says.
Much of what has been said about him during the movement is slander, the actor says. If legal intervention is necessary he would’ve done so ages ago, he says: “I did not because I feel that we should not give such nameless accusations anymore publicity than we ought to.”
Chinmayi’s claims that she was unlawfully removed from the Dubbing Union are false as well. “It’s as false as her story about her passport. That singer only has stories to tell. No truth ever comes,” he adds.
He says the decision to terminate Chinmayi from the union was taken by the court appointed representative for not paying subscription fees. He says Chinmayi wasn’t a life long member of the union and would likely not have the required documents to support her theory.
The second wave of #MeToo movement rose in October this year after actor Tanushree Dutta accused actor Nana Patekar of sexual harassment on a film set in 2008. Following this, director Vicky Bahl was accused by a former employee for committing a sexual act in her vicinity. Singer Chinmayi accused lyricist Vairamuthu of sexual harassment and intimidation.
Chinmayi was unavailable for comment. This story will be updated as soon as we receive a response from the singer.