Is Arunabh Kumar guilty? TVF CEO breaks silence as more females accuse him of sexual harassment

After a viral anonymous blog post on Medium accused Arunabh Kumar, the founder of The Viral Fever, several women came up with allegations of sexual harassment against him.

After a viral anonymous blog post on Medium accused Arunabh Kumar, the founder of The Viral Fever, several women came up with allegations of sexual harassment against him. While TVF has denied the allegations against Kumar, the sheer number of testimonies has landed him in trouble. With the episode blowing up larger every day, the TVF CEO has finally broken his silence on the case.

Arunabh Kumar, 35, has rubbished all allegations against him and has called them “fake”. Earlier on Sunday, a blog post, allegedly by a former TVF employee, accused him of molestation back. The author of the post titled The Indian Uber – That Is TVF alleged that Kumar had made several sexual advances towards her ever since she joined TVF in 2014. “I walk up. He says it’s time we do a quickie. I am stunned. And I told him I will go to the police. He said: `Police to meri pocket me hai’,” she wrote. TVF immediately declared these allegations false, however, the web-based production house was brought into question once several other females recounted their tales of sexual harassment.

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A filmmaker named Reema Sengupta took to Facebook to tell a similar story as the blog held. According to her Facebook post, Sengupta had worked on a shoot with Kumar where he inappropriately touched her. “As I talk, he finds some lame excuse to place his hand on my hand (which was on the table in his glass cabin). In the middle of the shoot, he touches my shoulder tattoo and tells me he finds it sexy. After every other shot, he would come over to the monitor to see how the shot looks, but at the same time graze his hand against my waist,” she wrote.

While speaking to the Mumbai Mirror, Kumar stated that The Viral Fever hasn’t hired anyone from Muzaffarpur (the blogger claimed to be from the Bihar city) in the last three years. Upon TVF’s request, Medium will check the authenticity of the blog following which, they will decide whether it should be taken down.

He even stated his reply to Sengupta’s Facebook post, he said, “The kind of insinuations the FB post makes are untrue. I am a heterosexual, single man and when I find a woman sexy, I tell her she’s sexy. I compliment women. Is that wrong? Having said that, I am very particular about my behaviour – I will approach a woman, but never force myself.”

Kumar stated that he “unconditionally and unequivocally” denies all of these allegations. “Social media has already declared me an offender, but I am ready to address all the allegations against me,” he said. He added, “TVF is bigger than me and if there is a remote chance that I have done any wrong, let me be persecuted.”

Another former TVF employee, Aayushi Aggarwal, stood up against the organisation claiming to have experienced sexual harassment in their office. “I hope things have worked out for you. It (TVF) is indeed no place for a woman. I would never recommend anybody to work there,” she wrote.

The Viral Fever came under fire from several other people including comedian Aditi Mittal and Aligarh writer Apurva Asrani.

In a reply to TVF’s Amit Gulani, who like many others questioned the authenticity of the allegations, Aditi Mittal wrote, “Amit, why are there more than 9 women/young girls with this claim? How is everyone coming out to tell a concerted lie AT THE SAME TIME?”