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Not so “Sacred Games”: Series creator accused of harassment

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The Netflix web series Sacred Games may not return for its sequel after the writer Varun Grover was accused of sexual misconduct. The Netflix has issued a statement after a sudden crisis emerged. It said, “At this time, we are evaluating options on the path forward.”

Grover, however, was quick to deny the allegations levelled against him. He elaborated his stance in a lengthy official statement he posted on Twitter later.

“I completely, totally, categorically deny all the allegations being made. The screenshot in question is untrue, misleading, and defamatory to say the least. Issuing a detailed statement soon,” he tweeted. Grover then gave a detailed account on clarifying his name.


“Here’s my detailed statement about the completely fabricated, misleading, and defamatory allegations against me. Am absolutely willing to cooperate and clear my name. Let’s not allow such agenda-driven tactics to derail this movement please,” he wrote.

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Sacred Games is India’s first original Netflix web series. It was not only an acclaimed series in India but received worldwide appreciation as well. Netflix had earlier announced that Anurag Kashyap and Neeraj Ghaywan would be directing the series with Vikramaditya Motwane being the show-runner.

A woman on Tuesday claimed lyricist and screenwriter Varun Grover sexually harassed her back in 2001. Anurag Kashyap, a close aide of Grover refused to believe the allegation.

He also added, “I know it must be really disheartening for so many people to read these allegations about me and I understand if you want to keep your distance and believe them for now — but I promise you I will clear my name from this defamatory tactic. Till then, keep #MeToo alive and don’t let such stary cases hamper your spirit.”