Kannada film actress Sruthi Hariharan’s sexual harassment allegations against actor Arjun Sarja has turned a legal battle. Arjun Sarja had recently filed a defamation case of Rs 5 crore against Sruthi Hariharan. Now according to latest reports, Sruthi Hariharan has filed a complaint of sexual harassment against the actor. The Indian Express quoted the Deputy Commissioner of Police, D. Devraj as saying, “We have registered an FIR (First Information Report) and booked the accused (Arjun) under various sections of the IPC on a complaint Sruthi filed at the Cubbon Park police station through her lawyer. Sruthi has accused Arjun of making unwelcome sexual advances, gestures to outrage her modesty and criminal intimidation over a period of time. We will investigate the case as per the provisions of the law”.
In her complaint, Sruthi stated, “I took exception to Arjun’s inappropriate behaviour at the rehearsal. I silently suffered and was unable to express as I was an upcoming artiste while he was a senior, with clout in the industry and power corridors.”
Sruthi, a few days ago took to social media and accused Arjun Sarja of sexual harassment. “I was shooting for a bilingual film which starred Arjun Sarja, a man whose movies I have grown up watching. I was excited about the opportunity,” reads her Facebook post.
“During a (film) rehearsal, we delivered our lines and Mr Arjun hugs me. With no forewarning or permission, he runs his hands intimately up and down my back. He pulls me closer with my body taut against his and asks the director if we could use this idea of foreplay in the scene,” the actress had stated in her post.
#metoo #comingout against all odds. Inspite of the all the comments, backlash and misogyny that will follow, I share my experiences below cos this is about a larger change! Bring it on ! #Speakup men and women . It's time. pic.twitter.com/xzjA8EnGjR
— sruthihariharan (@sruthihariharan) October 20, 2018
Meanwhile, president of the Karnata Artist Association, Ambreesh addressed the media recently and revealed, “We have listened to them. A decision will be taken soon. Sruthi is saying she is the one who has been wronged and Arjun claims to be innocent. How are we to judge what is right and wrong?”
On the other hand, Sruthi revealed that she wanted to file the complaint, “I am the one who has been wronged. I respect KFCC and since they have asked me to hold off filing a complaint till Friday, I will respect that. I will announce my decision once the meeting is over. I wanted to file a complaint when I came out with my story but since the Film Chamber members told me to hold off for a while, I respected that.”