Oct 9, 2018

#MeToo firestorm consumes Bollywood and Indian media

India's #MeToo movement arrived in a cascade of allegations as women took to Twitter to call out comedians, journalists, authors, actors and filmmakers - in the process, they have sparked a debate about consent and complicity. More allegations followed as other women replied to her tweet or she shared private messages they sent her - they said he had either sent them photos of his penis or asked them for naked photos of themselves. Although the accuser remains anonymous, this is the first time such an allegation has been made public in Bollywood. Some of the women have provided screen shots of private text messages they were sent by their alleged harassers, making the allegations hard to deny. In cases where it boils down to "Your word against mine", many of the women who spoke out are already being threatened with legal action for defamation and some of the tweets, naming names, have already been taken down.

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