With majority of ‘victims’ claiming that Vairamuthu tried to woo women singers by using the name of A R Rahman, the Oscar-Grammy winner has broken his silence on #MeToo issue.
In a post on Monday night, Rahman said, “Been observing the #metoo movement… Some of the names have shocked me… both the victims and their perpetrators…”
He added: “I would love to see our industry become cleaner and respectful of women… More power to all the victims coming forward!!”
In a television interview, Rahman’s sister Raihana said the allegations against the lyricist were an open secret. Also, another singer Bhuvana Seshan has also made sexual allegations against Vairamutu. “I have carried the pain in my heart for years and I shudder every time I see his face on television. I met Vairamuthu for a jingle. Vairamuthu penned the lyrics and was also producing the project,” she said in a social media post.
“He was ‘impressed’ by my voice and diction. He took my number and asked me to meet him in his office wuith a demo. I gave him the demo. He started connecting with me on phone,” she said.
“One day, he said I not just have a great voice but also an intelligent woman. Discomforting started after he described me in Tamil. I told him am uncomfortable. I simply told him not to call anymore,” she added.
“He called me to accompany him to Malaysia. When I refused, he threatened to spoil my career,” Bhuvana said. She added that she subsequently lost three abroad trips and recording opportunities.