Leena Manimekalai, journalist-turned-independent filmmaker has made serious sexual harassment charges against director Susi Ganesan under the #MeToo movement.
In a statement, she said that in 2005 after an interview with Susi Ganesan, she waited outside the studio for an autorickshaw, but he invited her to get into his car so that he can drop her on the way. However, after she entered the car, Susi allegedly snatched her mobile and threw it somewhere in the vehicle.
“He pressed the center lock button of the car, snatched and threw my mobile. Susi Ganesan threatened me to come to his house and I was petrified,” she said.
Stating that she politely asked, begged and shouted at him to leave her, Leena added: “Later, the small knife which I had in my handbag helped me and finally, Susi Ganesan allowed to step out of the car. I didn’t tell this story to my family members because they wouldn’t have allowed me to go to work. Further, I also felt that Susi Ganesan might put a full stop to my career with his influence.”
However, all these allegations have been vehemently denied by Susi Ganesan, director of films such as ‘Five Star’, ‘Virumbugiren’ and ‘Kandasamy’.