After the Media and film industry, #MeToo Movement on Saturday hit the cricket world. Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Chief Executive Officer Rahul Johri is the latest high-profile personality to be accused of sexual harassment.
As per a tweet shared online by the account “@PedestrianPoet”, a woman has accused Johri of wanting to take an advantage of her as the two had met over coffee for a job opportunity. The identity of the woman has been kept a secret for obvious reasons.
In the conversations posted on Twitter, the victim writes, “Rahul Johri: Currently the CEO of BCCI – Ex Discovery Channel. Rahul was an ex-colleague. Through the times of partying at Raj’s house, then building a successful media business, and then wading through other channels – Rahul kept in touch with me. He would ask – how are you, and then- let’s do coffee…It was difficult to say no to him as he was very persistent and I could not tell him that it was very boring for me to meet him.”
The victim further wrote, “Till date I have borne the burden of this sordid incident, blaming myself for this – I have wondered if I had showed I was needy, I don’t think so – but it’s all hazy and confused in my head. I have cursed myself for bringing it upon myself. For years, I have told myself – that was so cheap of me – but the truth is – it was so sudden and so manipulated that I had no chance at even knowing what the hell this was.”
Johri is the person responsible for the functioning of operations, stakeholder management and building strategies for further promoting the sport in India. Prior to this stint with the BCCI, he served as Executive Vice President and General Manager – South Asia for Discovery Networks Asia Pacific.
Earlier, Sri Lankan greats Arjuna Ranatunga and Lasith Malinga were accused of sexual harassment.