#MeToo sexual allegations: Kwan's Anirban Blah attempts suicide


In the wee hours of Friday, Anirban Blah, the co-founder of Kwan Entertainment, one of the biggest celebrity management agencies in India tried to commit suicide at Vashi Bridge. He was accused by four girls of sexual harassment. Blah took this drastic step over the sexual harassment allegations.

Anirban Blah climbed the barricades of the bridge when the police grabbed him and pulled him down. The police said he looked depressed and was in tears.

"We had information about an individual coming towards Vashi bridge to commit suicide. We couldn't take chance and we laid a trap there in dark," senior police inspector Mr Gaikwad from Vashi traffic told The Hindu. "He was crying.He seemed very frustrated and depressed. We took himto the police chowky, offered him water and asked his problem to which he said that he was frustrated with the #Metoo allegations on him. He was depressed due to the defamation he and his family faced. He along with nine other partners had founded KWAN and after four girls alleged him of harassment in #MeToo campaign, he was asked to resign," Mr Gaikwad further said.

Anirban's wife was immediately called and she took him home. "The traffic police handed him to us but we haven't charged him as he has not done any (suicidal) act. He told us that he had come for a walk at the bridge. After his family reached, we handed him over to them," senior police inspector Anil Deshmukh from Vashi police station told The Hindu.

"He was brought to the police station by traffic cops. We called his family and friends who later came and took him from here," said senior police officer Anil Deshmukh.

After he was accused of sexual harassment, Anirban Blah, 39, was asked to step down by Kwan.

"The past few days have been very disturbing to everyone in the light of the #MeToo movement and it has pushed us all to take a step back and introspect whether each of us is doing enough to create a healthy and safe environment," the entertainment and marketing company said in a statement announcing that Blah had been asked to quit.

"We fully support the #MeToo movement and deprecate and condemn those who have exploited women in any form or manner," the statement said, assuring a "safe and secure" working environment for its employees.

The company manages well known celebrities like Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Hrithik Roshan, Tiger Shroff, Sonam Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor and Jacqueline Fernandez.

Following the allegations, Blah was also reportedly removed as advisory member of Deepika Padukone's The Live Love Laugh foundation.