Singer Sona Mahapatra on Wednesday shared her story of sexual harassment by Kailash Kher on Twitter after at least four other women raised allegations against the singer.
Over the past few days, since the #MeToo movement has taken the media and entertainment industries by storm, several woman have accused Kher of touching them inappropriately or making lewd propositions.
Mahapatra broke her silence, saying:
(1) I met Kailash for coffee in Prithvi Café to discuss a forthcoming concert where both our bands were playing & after the usual, a hand on my thigh with lines likes, your so beautiful, feel so good that a 'musician got you' (Ram) not an actor. I left not soon after. (1)— SONA (@sonamohapatra) October 9, 2018
Mahapatra alleged that Kher continued to misbehave with her as they landed in Dhaka for the tour.
(2) That did not deter Kailash Kher though. On landing in Dhaka & on my way to the venue with the organisers, keeps calling me & when I don't pick up, calls the organisers phone to get through to me & asks me to 'skip' the soundcheck & join him in his room instead to 'catch up'— SONA (@sonamohapatra) October 9, 2018
3)The fact that Kailash had sung in my studios & for many projects in which I was the producer & knew me to be as strong as i am or that he had only recently taken a favour from my partner @RamSampathLive to create a personal track for him didn't stop him. #TheHubris of such #men— SONA (@sonamohapatra) October 9, 2018
How many women will you apologise to Kailash Kher??? Start now. Will take a lifetime. (4) 🤘🏾🔴— SONA (@sonamohapatra) October 9, 2018
The shamelessness of this man. To call himself 'simple', 'devoted to music' & even claiming amnesia. If this chap could dare try this stunt with me, it's a disease that he has & I can vouch for not only these two women's stories but hundreds more he would've have preyed on. 🔴 https://t.co/UaBL2rfz2h— SONA (@sonamohapatra) October 9, 2018
On 8 October, a Twitter user, who said she used to be Kher's fan outed him for his predatory behaviour when she met him during her college days.
In a series of tweets, she said that had tweeted at Kher, "telling him how he has shaped our lives with hope".
She said that Kher replied to her tweets asking for her phone number and began to text her on WhatsApp. "What followed completely destroyed the ideal KK. He is a predator. he write things poetically. things like - "tum meri pagli ho. Drown in my love. Tum meri jogi ho. Mirror me dekho mai dikhunga tumhe. Touching every part of your soul." It was here when I realised what he is," she says in her tweet.
She said that he had asked her to see him multiple times at shows or private gatherings in hotels. She said she never met him and had to block him.
Another woman, who said Kher's wife was a family friend, alleged that the singer was a regular visitor at her home and would often make inappropriate remarks.
She said that he called her asking her to come for a tour with him saying "aap bahut Sundar lagti ho, spiritual &sexy. I am booking your tickets, Mera tour hai, aap bhi saath aaye." The woman added that despite her refusal, he kept messaging her until she had to block him.
On 6 October, a photojournalist took to Twitter to recount her story from when she was working at Hindustan Times in Mumbai.
She said that she went to Kher's home to take photos of him for an interview in 2006, along with another woman colleague. He allegedly sat uncomfortably close to the two of them and put his hand on their thighs.
Another journalist from Muscat wrote anonymously to journalist Sandhya Menon, speaking of her experience with Kher. The journalist alleged that Kher would "find a way to touch my thigh" every time they spoke.
Kher is among several others like Alok Nath, Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Rajat Kapoor, Vivek Agnihotri and Nana Patekar, who have been named by women in the #MeToo movement.