In an official statement, TVF denied the allegations against its founder.
Mumbai: The Viral Fever — or TVF — a trailblazer in the world of web series, found itself in the midst of a murky controversy on Monday.
An anonymous author with the blog name Indian Fowler, accused TVF’s founder, Arunabh Kumar, of sexual harassment in a post that went viral on the Internet.
A supposed ex-employee, she accused Kumar of molestation on various occasions. “Right from Pitchers to Tripling, I was molested. Be it in parties where Arunabh would try to lift me or would try and fall on me pretending he is drunk. One instance was the Ola deal. The Ola team was meeting him and we were taking notes. He walks out of the meeting with some excuse and calls me for some notes. I walk up. He says its time we do a quicky. I am stunned (sic),” she wrote in a 700-word long post that went on to mention in detail her trauma as a TVF employee.
It went on to cause much outrage in the virtual space, with many viewers condemning the platform, and a few others calling the post a publicity stunt.
In an official statement, TVF denied the allegations against its founder. “All the allegations made against TVF and its team in the article are categorically false, baseless and unverified.”
Comedian Vipul Goyal, closely associated with the comedy collective, too, chose not to respond to our questions. Meanwhile, an alleged ex-employee, Aayushi Agarwal, came forward to testify against the channel. When contacted she said, “I worked for TVF for a year and three months and I was harassed by another colleague; it wasn’t Arunabh. Overall my experience was very bad as a woman. I hated working there and had to leave my job hurriedly.” She added,
“I reported it to everyone there could be. My case was handled with such stupidity and callousness; nobody paid any heed. And it is only after I threatened to lodge an FIR did they come forward and fired the guy in question.”
As the post continued to be circulated, another young lady called Reema Sengupta, who has worked with TVF in the past came forward to support Indian Fowler’s claims.
“I was shooting with him (Arunabh) in the TVF office, for a web series I was directing last year. 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.”
There are others, however, who don’t want to jump to any conclusion. City stand-up comic Kunal Kamra said, “I don’t want to believe anything till the anonymous author doesn’t reveal herself.”