In October 2018, the #MeToo wave took over India’ social media after women across field came forward to share their encounters of sexual misconduct.
Utsav Chakraborty, a writer and an actor, was accused by a co-worker for sending sexually explicit messages to her and several other women.
A year later, a leaked audio clip has surfaced online purportedly between the accuser’s lawyer and the comedian. The clip claims to be the conversation between Utsav and the lawyer on 14 November 2018.
Send your nudes out. Ask for a response. When the person sends something disgusting then release to the world destroying his life. If this is not CIA level honey trapping, what is?
I feel guilty of not having even tried to hear this man’s defence once.https://t.co/SyAF3mJh0k
— Abijit Ganguly (@AbijitG) November 20, 2019
For over a year, we’ve shown solidarity with Utsav’s accusers because the primary testimony against him was so powerful and convincing. It breaks my heart right now to learn that there might be more to the story.
— Agrima Joshua (@Agrimonious) November 20, 2019
“I feel great but I have known better than to be optimistic over the last year. I know how tide can change and I hope when all the evidence comes through, people are not as harsh to her as they were to me,” Chakroborty told Free Press Journal regarding the video clip.
— All India Bakchod (@AllIndiaBakchod) October 4, 2018
In 2018, AIB had issued a statement stating that they are taking out all the videos which Chakraborty was a part of.
In his defence, Chakraborty had tweeted that “whole thing needs a lot of patience, and an incredible amount of context”. Following, he posted a series of tweets giving his side of the story as there was “more to what is being said” and apologised for his “scary truth”.