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As #MeToo list gets longer, media and ad world gets into damage-control mode

Some organisations have launched investigations while a few have asked the people facing accusations to step down. But some names have chosen to defend themselves

As the #MeToo movement shakes up the media and entertainment sector and new allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct involving popular names crop up almost every day, organisations have started getting their act together. A few have launched internal investigations while some have asked the people facing allegations to step down.

But at the same time, there are some names that have chosen to defend themselves.


All India Bakchod (AIB) was among the first few to act swiftly and asked its Co-founder and CEO Tanmay Bhat to dissociate with the company for allegedly not acting on harassment complaints against Utsav Chakraborty, a YouTuber and ex-AIB member who was called out on social media.

This was followed by Terribly Tiny Tales, which removed its Co-founder Chintan Ruparel over multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.


Dentsu Aegis Network too launched an investigation into multiple allegations of harassment and misconduct against Happy mcgarrybowen CEO Kartik Iyer and CCO PM Praveen Das and sent them on leave pending enquiry.

Publicis India took a note of similar allegations against its ECD Ishrath Nawaz and launched an enquiry while DDB Mudra Group immediately launched a probe into allegations against Brijesh Jacob of 22feet Tribal Worldwide.

But Sajan Raj Kurup of Creativeland Asia defended himself terming the allegations manufactured and baseless.

Famous Innovations refuted to the allegations on in founder Raj Kamble saying, “We are shocked. No such complaint has ever been raised at Famous by anyone."


Another name that surfaced in the advertising sector was of Bodhisatwa Dasgupta of Happy mcgarrybown, who was accused of misconduct on Twitter and Medium blog.

Reacting to media reports, cricket board BCCI asked its CEO Rahul Johri to send an explanation within a week after harassment allegations were made against him.

HT’s Prashant Jha has also stepped down from his position as Chief of Bureau after allegations of sexual misconduct against him surfaced.

KR Sreenivas resigned as Times of India Resident Editor after multiple 'Me Too' allegations.

After several women journalists accused Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar of misconduct and harassment, the minister, after returning from an official tour, called the allegations ‘false and fabricated’.

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