A woman on Tuesday leveled sexual harassment charges against lyricist and screenwriter Varun Grover. The incident is said to have happened in 2001, according to the woman. However, Varun has denied all the alleged claims of sexual harassment against him in a statement.
In a Twitter post, Varun said, “I completely, totally, categorically deny all the allegations being made. The screenshot in question is untrue, misleading, and defamatory to say the least. Issuing a detailed statement soon.”
The Twitter post was followed by a detailed statement on the social media site where the writer said that he has “NEVER touched any person inappropriately in life.” He also added, “I know it must be really disheartening for so many people to read these allegations about me and I understand if you want to keep your distance and believe them for now — but I promise you I will clear my name from this defamatory tactic. Till then, keep #MeToo alive and don’t let such stary cases hamper your spirit.”
Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who has known the writer for a long time, also said that while he “refuses to believe any allegations about him (Varun Grover),” the director wants the concerned authorities to investigate thoroughly into the matter.
Here’s my detailed statement about the completely fabricated, misleading, and defamatory allegations against me. Am absolutely willing to cooperate and clear my name. Let’s not allow such agenda-driven tactics to derail this movement please. pic.twitter.com/VTFeIjygclHOT DEALS
— वरुण (@varungrover) October 9, 2018
Anurag issued a statement of his own on Twitter which read, “This man I have known so closely and so so long that I refuse to believe any allegations about him. #believethevictim and investigate the claims and also be careful to not let vested interests sabotage a long pending genuine movement.”