Comedian and former AIB writer accussed of sexual harassment

WION Web Team Mumbai, Maharashtra, India Oct 05, 2018, 08.28 AM(IST)

Utsav Chakraborty Photograph:( WION Web Team )

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Utsav has served a writer for 'Son Of Abish' and AIB. He has also featured in several of AIB videos. 

Looks like Tanushree Dutta's sexual harassment case has opened a can of worms in the entertainment industry in India. After Tanushree's allegations against actor Nana Patekar, now women on Twitter have accused stand-up comic and AIB writer Utsav Chakraborty of sexual harassment. 

Chakraborty, in a tweet, was chastising Indian men for harassing women on an Australian cruise. A woman responded to the his tweet stating that it was ironic of him to comment on the matter considering he has inb the past demanded "unsolicited and inappropriate photographs”.

In a series of tweets, she detailed how other women narrated stories about Chakraborty making unsolicited sexual advances towards them over social media. She also shared screenshots of chats, including one with a woman who shared an incident that took place when she was 17 years old. 

The women also slammed other stand-up comedians who depsite knowing Chakraborty's past record continued to work with him. Chakraborty was a writer for AIB till 2016 and has featured in numerous of their videos. He also served as a writer for Abish Mathew's show 'Son Of Abish'. 

The Mumbai police responded to the twitter thread and stated that they would look into the matter and take action on it immediately. 

The Twitter thread led to a lot of female comedians like Aditi Mittal and Kaneez Surka speaking out in support of the women and calling out Chakraborty's behaviour. 

Aditi Mittal tweeted, “What’s up with this Utsav? Your behaviour has been consistently misogynist for a while and you keep pretending to be woke like your boyfriends at AIB who keep you employed as well. Women don’t feel safe around you. What are you doing about this?”

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Surka tweeted, "What the actual f@#k @Wootsaw? What makes people think you will get away with this behaviour? But more importantly, why do you people continue to behave this way(sic)"

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Several other comic writers and comedians also condemned Chakraborty's behaviour on Twitter. 

In a statement on social media, Chakraborty said, “I don’t know what to say here and fight back (or even if I should). Literally, everyone I know has turned against me and I don’t blame them for that. But the whole thing is far more complicated than it appears. I am not discrediting anyone. It’s not my place to. But this whole thing needs a lot of patience. And an incredible amount of context. Which I will give. Hopefully sooner than later.”

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Comedy collective AIB, who have collaborated with Chakraborty in the past, released a statement saying they would take down videos featuring the accused comedian until an investigation into the allegations yields result. “The accusations describe a pattern of behaviour that is unacceptable, and we at AIB [All India Bakchod] condemn Utsav’s alleged behaviour,” the statement said. AIB has decided to delist all the videos on their Youtube channel which feature Chakraborty. 

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