Chinmayi Sripaada Asked To Pay “Random Fee” By Dubbing Union After #MeToo

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Chinmayi Sripaada witnessing a decline in work offers after she came out with the allegations.


Singer Chinmayi Sripaada, who had accused veteran poet-lyricist Vairamuthu of sexual harassment as part of the #MeToo movement, has been asked to pay Rs 1.5 lakh to be taken back in the South Indian Cine Television Artistes and Dubbing Artistes Union.

Ms Sripaada was removed from the dubbing union after she backed several women who spoke against actor Radha Ravi, who heads the body. Apart from the Rs. 1.5 membership charge, she has also been asked to apologise to the actor.

"Why should I apologise? The mindset needs to change," she told NDTV. "All these years I've been paying 10 per cent of my income to dubbing union," she said.

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The vocalist is already witnessing a decline in work offers after she came out with the allegations.

Ms Sripaada said as per the rules of the dubbing union, the membership charge is Rs. 2,500. "What is this random 1.5 Lakh fee + apology?" she said in a series of tweets.

Apparently I have to pay 1.5 Lakhs, send an apology letter and THEN the dubbing Union will reinstate me and let me work in Tamilnadu in Tamil films.
The Union has made lakhs from my Income since 2006. And I have to pay 1.5 lakhs again for my right to work.

— Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) December 28, 2018

In October, Chinmayi Sripaada alleged Vairamuthu demanded she visited him at his hotel room during an event in Switzerland, where she was also accompanied by her mother. Mr Sripaada alleged that after refusing to "cooperate" with Vairamuthu on the organisers' insistence, she and her mother went sent back to India with these threatening words: "You won't have a career."

Vairamuthu denied these allegations.

After Ms Sripaada's allegations against the poet-lyricist, several other women anonymously named and shamed Vairamuthu in their #MeToo accounts. Ms Sripaada also dismissed Vairamuthu's defence against the #MeToo claims, calling him a "liar".

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