Comedy group AIB has released a new statement addressing news that Tanmay Bhat and Gursimran Khamba will step away from the group, which is struggling with allegations of sexual harassment against people associated with it.
Tanmay has been accused by a woman of not acting on complaints against Utsav Chakraborty, a YouTuber and ex-AIB member who was called out on social media a few days ago, triggering a string of accusations against people in power in several fields.
In a long statement posted on Monday, AIB wrote: “We have been closely monitoring the sequence of events on social media around the allegations against AIB and also against our co-founder and CEO, Tanmay Bhat.”
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In its earlier statement, AIB had admitted that Bhat knew about the allegations against Utsav and had confronted him but failed to take action.
“We understand that disconcert of any kind adversely affects the work culture and creates an unsafe space for our employees. Nobody should have to work in an environment such as that, and we hope to enable measures to establish our commitment to creating gender sensitive workplace”, the statement reads.
While, the Twitter user on Saturday posted on her Twitter handle which reads, “Media houses, if you carry my name info face anything without my consent, I’ll have to take legal action. Just please respect my privacy and keep me out of this.”
On Thursday, Utsav was accused of sending sexually explicit messages to women, including minor girls, in a Twitter thread by a writer-comedian. He has since apologised for his behaviour.