Sexual harassment | Vijay Babu booked for revealing identity of complainant

Kerala Police have registered a rape case against Malayalam film actor-cum-producer Vijay Babu on the complaint of a woman actor from Kozhikode

Hours after the case was registered against him, Babu revealed the name of the survivor, claiming innocence and that he is the real victim.

Police said Babu has gone into hiding and another case will be registered against him for revealing the identity of the complainant.

Police said the woman actor had filed a complaint with Kochi police on April 22, alleging that Babu sexually abused her several times, promising roles in films

Revealing the name of the complainant, Babu, in a Facebook live, said “I am the real victim in the case and hence revealing complainant’s name”

Babu said he had known the woman since 2018 and she was given a chance to act in his productions. “She had sent several messages to me saying that she is facing depression. I have around 400 screen shots of those messages. I haven’t sent any message to her for the last one-and-a-half years,’’ he said.

Babu said he will file a complaint against the woman for tarnishing his image. “I will file a defamation case against the complainant. Let it be the beginning of a new Me Too. Let us start a new fight,’’ he said.

Babu, who has been active in the film industry for over a decade, is the founder of film production company ‘Friday Film House’ and has around half-a-dozen productions to his credit.

The rape charge against the actor-cum-producer has come up at a time when many in the Malayalam film industry are facing similar allegations. Last month, police had arrested filmmaker Liju Krishna on charges of sexually abusing a woman, who had assisted in his productions.

Following the arrest, the directors’ union under the Film Employees Federation of Kerala (FEFKA) revoked Krishna’s membership even as the Women in Cinema Collective demanded his suspension from all film bodies.

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