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#MeToo campaign: Singer Raghu Dixit accused of sexual harassment, apologises


Bengaluru, Oct 11 (PTI): Singer Raghu Dixit, who is the latest to be accused of misconduct in the #MeToo movement, said Wednesday that the account of the person levelling allegations against him was mostly accurate but he is not a predator. The singer said he “completely misread” the situation and had immediately apologised to the person concerned and will do so again in private.

Dixit, the frontman for the Raghu Dixit Project, a multilingual folk music band, was accused of sexual harassment by an anonymous woman, whose account was shared by a fellow singer, Chinmayi Sripaada on Twitter. The woman, who called the musician “among the top predators”, said Dixit once molested her at a recording.

“Many years ago, I was called to his studio for a recording and he started talking ill about his wife (like most married men do) His wife is a wonderful human being. “When we got done with an ad-hoc recording, he pulled me closer and asked me to give him a kiss when he was signing my cheque.. Later at the door, he tried to carry me and I ran down crying…” the screenshot shared by Sripaada read.

Dixit, in his lengthy statement shared on Twitter, said Sripaada should not be attacked for sharing the story as she was only standing up for others. “I remember the incident that Chinmayi’s post refers to. I know who the person in question is and I have apologised to her in the past and apart from this public apology, will do so again privately.

“This incident did happen but not entirely like it was described. It was completely silly misjudgement on my part. I gave the person a hug and that led me to trying to kiss her before she stopped and left from my studio. She then texted me and told me that she did not like my behaviour and I apologised profusely for what I did,” Dixit said.

He said he and his wife, with whom he is separated now, were in a bad space at the time and in the discussion with the singer, he did talk about his personal life. “… I definitely sought comfort. This person was incredibly sweet and sympathetic to what I said and I completely misread the situation. “Am I a predator? Definitely not. Did I lure this singer or any other with a chance to sing for a movie? Not at all. This singer had already finished singing the song. Did I speak ill of my wife? No, but I did vent out that we were in a bad place.” Barely minutes before Dixit issued his statement, Sripaada shared another anonymous account of a woman who described how he propositioned her by narrating a sob story about his wife.

“Once he called me home to make me listen to new tunes for his movie and wanted my opinion on the same. While we were in his studio he shared his sob story and then while he was playing his tune, he asked me to sit on his lap so I could listen closely. I politely told him to take a walk. Finally, he realised nothing was happening, the screenshot, shared by Sripaada said.

The woman said the next time Dixit called her, she went with her boyfriend. She claimed other women have confided in her about Dixit’s alleged repeated behaviour. Dixit is yet to respond to the second post. Sripaada was one of the first women from the South Indian film industry to accuse Vairamuthu of harassment when they were both in Switzerland for an event in 2005-06. After her account became public, several other women have come up with their stories against the Tamil poet-lyricist.


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  • Alwyn, Canada

    Thu, Oct 11 2018

    Only rich men will be harrassed by such people

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  • Shiva, Dubai

    Thu, Oct 11 2018

    i believe Now rakhi Sawant is also come out soon...

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  • Sudhakar, Kallianpur

    Thu, Oct 11 2018

    But, it will be vice versa!!!!

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  • Divya, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 11 2018

    pigs everywhere.

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  • Godwin, Mangaluru

    Thu, Oct 11 2018

    Quite boaring....let's play #me too me too

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  • Amith, udupi

    Thu, Oct 11 2018

    Boda sheera ???

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  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 11 2018

    ENCHI SAAV MARAIRE, JANAKULEG MARL.

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  • roshan, bengaluru

    Thu, Oct 11 2018

    Ninna poojege bande mahadeswara.....................................

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  • Anil, MP

    Thu, Oct 11 2018

    I never thought that.... Chaddi Chethan Bagat is also a ponnu marrla.. ...
    Was giving lit of gyan till 2014... Regarding price hike and other issues. ... But we all know how he is quiet after 2014...
    Yes when a dog is hungry it barks... But give a biscuit it will thank and will sit quiet.....

    We saw another face of ponnu marrla Chethan Bagat....

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Thu, Oct 11 2018

    What about you? You haven't been attracted to any woman in your entire life?
    Even if you did, you hid it, might have mentally raped her too. And now you spill out your frustrations on people like Raghu and Chethan Bhagat!
    They didn't do anything wrong. they did not force themselves on the girls like Patekar did.

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  • Sudhakar, Kallianpur

    Thu, Oct 11 2018

    Your comments - "Yes when a dog is hungry it barks... But give a biscuit it will thank and will sit quiet"

    It is clear now, why some dogs are started to bark after 2014........ Not getting freebies!!!!

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  • Vishal Kumar, Kudla

    Thu, Oct 11 2018

    All freebies have gone to Mallya,Ambani.

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  • Mangalorean, MANGALURU

    Thu, Oct 11 2018

    Freebies are still better than what you have, rabies..

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  • Sudhakar, Kallianpur

    Thu, Oct 11 2018

    Rabies are curable, but not freebies!!!!

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  • Namita, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 11 2018

    It looks like There are somany skeletons in cupboard.
    In that case Many grandpaas are having tough Time today!!

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  • Anil, MP

    Thu, Oct 11 2018

    I hope the Bangalore based architect, who our Feku Narra was snooping may come front to share her story....
    We can see another face of Chor....

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  • Mahathma, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 11 2018

    Marlerrrr!!! ALL ARE FOR PUBLICITY

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  • Navin Shetty, Manipal/ Bahrain

    Thu, Oct 11 2018

    Raghu should comeout with new placard campain #JusticeForChinmayi wriiten on it. Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Thu, Oct 11 2018

    Gone were the happy & lucky days.
    No "Me too" moment or any controvesies.

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  • Moideen, Surathkal

    Thu, Oct 11 2018

    Oooooooooooooooooonooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo......................Raghu dixit your songs and your words were so inspirational.............sad that you lost all respect...........don't act too smart now by apologizing and saying that you are a great person to accept the truth......................

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Thu, Oct 11 2018

    Have you never felt attracted to any woman in your lifetime?
    Raghu had the courage to express his feelings and decency to back off when she declined.

    My respect for him has increased now.

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  • Navin Shetty, Manipal/ Bahrain

    Thu, Oct 11 2018

    Getting attracted is a different and forfully touching and asking to kiss is different. What Raghu did is molesting.

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  • Moideen, Surathkal

    Thu, Oct 11 2018

    Noted Shankar Dixit

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Thu, Oct 11 2018

    There is a beast inside every man, a sex hungry beast. Different levels of taming is done by different people. Some rape on an opportunity, others just stare at women in any place and mentally rape.

    Our wisdom should be the bridle for our behaviour. Approaching a woman and expressing our interest to sleep with her in a decent ways as Raghu Dixit did is in fact a gentleman behaviour. He would have been a culprit, had he advanced on her in spite of her reluctance.

    Raghu Dixit need not apologize.
    In Nana patekar's case he pursued in spite of Datta's reluctance to that extent where she had to quit the movie.

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  • Nancy, Belman

    Thu, Oct 11 2018

    Franco's episode has given courage to all to come out. Acche din.

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  • pooki, mangaluru

    Thu, Oct 11 2018

    So in a way the public of India should thank Bishop Franco or the nun who was involved in the so called rape by the ex-bishop

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  • Nancy, Belman

    Thu, Oct 11 2018

    Yes. I completely agree with you. Acche din.

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  • Prashant Karkera, Hejamady/Mumbai

    Thu, Oct 11 2018

    All the credit should go to Bishop Franco ..... his story inspired exploited women to raise their voice against abuse ......

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  • John Tauro, M'luru / Kwt

    Thu, Oct 11 2018

    All credit and praise should go the nun for daring to come out and stand against the mighty, influential bishop.

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  • Jd, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 11 2018

    How many more... Of this kind? Women, if someone has stopped when you said no,. Then I don't think they should be maligned. Those who did not respect your no, used their power position, and molested multiple women, they need to be tackled first round.

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