After the hullabaloo in Bollywood, #metoo hit Kollywood with singer Chinmayi alleging sexual harassment by songwriter Vairamuthu.
Playback singer Chinmayi Sripaada accused that Tamil poet lyricist Vairamuthu harassed her when they were both in Switzerland for an album launch or a book launch in 2005 or 2006. In a series of tweets, Chinmayi Sripaada also alleged that Vairamuthu asked her to visit his hotel room during night hours and when she refused to "cooperate," she and her mother were sent back to India from Switzerland. Soon, the event organiser's threatened her, "You won't have a career."
Actor Siddharth backed Chinmayi Sripaada and tweeted: "Multiple women are speaking out against #Vairamuthu. Without judging anyone, they must be heard. When somebody of Chinmayi's stature who has so much to lose, stands by the accusers, that's huge!"
Predicting an end to sexual harassment in another Tweet, the furious Chinmayi wrote, “The industry knows; the men know. #TimesUp. The time is bloody up.”
Following Chinmayi’s revelation, many Twitter users attacked her asking why reveal it now, and some even blamed that she is doing this for popularity. Replying to these allegations, Chinmayi noted: “No. I am very popular. I am a rockstar singer, entrepreneur and a dubbing artiste. Even if I say so myself. Please go away.”