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Some of the names have shocked me: AR Rahman on #MeToo allegations


The music composer said social media offers great freedom for victims to speak up, however, we should be careful in creating a new internet justice system.

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Manigandan KR

After his sister AR Reihana spoke about his surprise at the sexual harassment allegations against Vairamuthu, music director AR Rahman has broken his silence on the #MeToo movement.

Posting on Twitter, he said, "Been observing the #MeToo movement... Some of the names have shocked me... both the victims and perpetrators... I would love to see our industry become cleaner and respectful of women... More power to all the victims coming forward!!

"In all my endeavours, my team and I are committed to creating an environment where everyone finds a safe creative space to bring their best, evolve and succeed.

"Social media offers great freedom for victims to speak up, however, we should be careful in creating a new internet justice system, in case it is misused."

Rahman's statement comes after Reihana, in an interview to a television channel, disclosed that the Mozart of Madras was shocked by singer Chinmayi Sripaada's allegations against Vairamuthu. She said that he had asked her if there was any truth to Chinmayi's allegations against the well-known music composer.

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