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Should've Handled Response Better: TVF on Allegations Against Arunabh Kumar

TVF has issued a second statement after the much-criticized 'severe-justice' response letter.

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Updated:March 17, 2017, 4:34 PM IST
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Should've Handled Response Better: TVF on Allegations Against Arunabh Kumar
A file photo of Arunabh Kumar.

Five days after the first sexual harassment allegation against TVF Founder Arunubh Kumar surfaced online, the team has issued a second statement after the much-criticized 'severe-justice' response letter.

TVF has now admitted that they could've handled the situation better, instead of issuing a response that was 'quick and emotional'

It’s been a tough couple of days for us at TVF, as you would know. We needed to first & foremost take care of our internal team that has been most impacted by the recent events.

Yes, there have been allegations of misbehaviour against our Founder, from several women. When the first blog appeared on March 12th, it shocked all of us including our extended set of associates. The allegations were severe. We were confused & taken aback.

The blog alleged that he/she was an employee with the organisation & even indicated specific content production they were a part of. We immediately began checking the facts internally.

We did send out an instant response, which may have been a bit too quick & emotional. We recognise that we should have handled that response better. However, it is a fact that we have found no records of any such person on our pay roll, in that given time period, as described in the blog.

Even as we were dealing with the first episode, several other allegations surfaced soon thereafter. Please know that we are sincerely looking into each one of them. We are committed to getting to the bottom of these allegations. Many of you have asked so we would like to confirm that yes, we have an ICC Committee set up in each location.

We as a team of 240 strong professionals are determined to work hard in winning your love back. We will do everything in our capacity to learn & get better, get bigger. Give us that chance.

CEO and founder of a popular Youtube channel, The Viral Fever (TVF), Arunabh Kumar, has been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment after an anonymous post on the Medium.com went viral on Monday in which a writer, levelled the allegations.

The writer had accused Kumar of sexually harassing her during the time she was an employee of TVF. Following the blog, several other women who had worked in Arunabh started supporting the allegation, forcing an investigation.

Earlier, TVF released an official statement countering Indian Fowler’s post, claiming that the incident was ’fictitious’ and that no such person ever worked in their company. The statement made no claims about any investigation, rather said that "severe justice will be served for making such false allegations."

In the wake of the controversy, TVF has pushed the date of their much-anticipated web series Bitch Please, which was earlier supposed go online on March 18.

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