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#MeToo Movement: Vishal urges those making public accusations to provide evidence of harassment

The #MeToo movement is beginning to take shape in the south Indian film industry, with a few actresses coming forward to share their stories of sexual harassment. Superstar Rajinikanth and many other top stars including actor Vishal lent their support to the victims and have been vocal about movement.

“It's time, women in our industry speak up & I will stand by them. Will form a committee to protect them I totally respect @Chinmayi #TanushreeDutta & others. Women should inform us as soon as such incidents happen. @Amala_ams informed 1 such incident & we helped her. #MeToo #TimesUp,” he had tweeted, encouraging victims to come forward with their grievances. Keeping true to his word, Vishal said in an interview with Deccan Chronicle, that they are going to form a three-member committee to look into grievances and to also counsel newcomers entering the industry.

Although standing by the victim’s word, the actor also urged those making public accusations to provide evidence of harassment. Admitting it was easy to accuse someone and have his name tarnished before he can prove his innocence, he appealed to everyone to come forward with evidence to support their claim and assured that the matter would be looked into.

Taking Amala Paul’s accusations as a reference, he said that everyone should come out with evidence. Narrating how they dealt with Amala’s matter, he said that the star had called him and he asked Karthi to help her out. Vishal then stated that they filed a complaint with the police and had the man arrested.


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