Raghu Dixit accused of sexual harassment, singer issues public apology

Last Updated: Fri, Oct 12, 2018 14:07 hrs
Raghu Dixit

On Wednesday, singer Raghu Dixit, who is the latest to be accused of misconduct in the #MeToo movement, said 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.

The singer was accused of sexual harassment by an anonymous woman, whose account was shared by a fellow singer, Chinmayi Sripaada on Twitter.

"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 shared a engthy statement on Twitter, "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."<p> 

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.

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.

Dixit is yet to respond to the second post.

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