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Drishyam Actor Aneesh Menon Faces #MeToo Heat, His Student Makes Shocking Allegations


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Aneesh
Menon,
the
actor
best
known
for
his
roles
in

Drishyam,
Odiyan,
Lucifer,
Driving
Licence

and
many
other
Mollywood
films,
has
become
the
latest
one
to
be
embroiled
in
the
#MeToo
movement,
a
social
campaign
against
sexual
abuse
and
harassment
where
survivors
publicize
allegations.
The
actor
was
reportedly
called
out
by
one
of
his
former
mono-act
students
who
accused
him
of
inappropriate
behaviour.
In
a
note
shared
on
Reddit,
the
student
revealed
her
fondness
for
mono-act
and
elocution,
and
how
she
ended
up
at
an
institution
where
Aneesh
was
a
teacher,
so
as
to
polish
her
skills
for
a
school
event.

Aneesh Menon

Her
note
read,
“From
then
on,
I
started
training
under
him
daily.
He
was
liked
by
everybody
in
general.
He
used
to
express
affection
by
pulling
my
cheeks.
Soon,
I
started
feeling
uneasy
about
his
behavior.
But
he
began
to
take
more
freedom
with
me,
touched
and
grabbed
my
body
parts
saying
that
it
was
to
correct
my
positions
and
to
make
the
postures
more
beautiful.
“To
correct
my
chest
position”,
once
he
reached
down
under
my
top
and
pressed
my
br***t.
It
really
hurt.
This
happened
several
times
since
then.
Once
during
a
training
session,
I
said
some
excuse
to
him,
went
to
mom
and
asked
her
to
sit
with
me
during
the
training.
But
she
dismissed
me
by
saying
that
Aneesh
would
need
his
space
to
teach.
He
could
convince
my
parents
that
it
was
all
part
of
the
training.”

The
survivor
further
explained
how
she
was
afraid
to
narrate
the
ordeal
to
her
parents
as
she
was
victim-shamed
in
the
past.
She
even
had
qualms,
however,
things
went
south
after
Aneesh
allegedly
crossed
all
limits.
“What
if
this
was
the
way
to
teach
mono-act?
I
even
doubted
myself
that
maybe
I
was
imagining
all
this.
Later,
whenever
he
called
my
home,
he
used
to
talk
to
me
too.
His
conversations
were
filled
with
passive
references
to
s**.
This
made
me
feel
very
uncomfortable.
I
was
terribly
afraid
and
in
shock.”

aneesh

The
unnamed
person
also
recounted
a
shocking
incident
when
she
had
to
practice
a
sequence
with
the
actor
and
the
latter
allegedly
misbehaved.

Sharing
that
she
opened
up
about
the
incident
now
as
she
was
yet
to
recover
from
the
trauma
of
the
events
that
unfolded.
The
former
student
asserted
that
she
really
hoped
more
people
would
find
the
courage
to
speak
out
about
the
ill-treatments
of
the
star.


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