#MeToo: Cricketer Lasith Malinga Accused Of Sexual Harassment
The #MeToo movement has not spared the cricketing world either. Now, singer Chinmayi Sripaada has posted a tweet on behalf of an anonymous woman, alleging that Sri Lankan cricketer Lasith Malinga sexually assaulted the woman during an IPL season in a Mumbai hotel.
Cricketer Lasith Malinga. pic.twitter.com/Y1lhbF5VSK
— Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) October 11, 2018
The post was captioned: ‘Cricketer Lasith Malinga’ on Twitter and it traced back the horrifying experience of the anonymous woman’s post but she did not name the cricketer in her statement.
“I’d like to remain anonymous. A few years back when I was looking for my friend in the hotel we were staying in. I bumped into a very famous Sri Lankan cricketer during the IPL season who said my friend was in his room. I go in and she’s not. He then pushed me in the bed and proceeded to climb onto my face,” it reads.
According to Sripaada, the alleged incident took place durin an IPL season.
“Mind you I’m tall and about same body weight & I couldn’t fight him back. I closed my eyes and mouth but he used my face. Then the hotel staff knocked on the door to replenish the bar for which he went to open the door. I quickly ran into the washroom, washed my face and left as soon as the hotel staff left. I was humiliated. I knew people would say that you knowingly went to his room, he’s famous, you wanted it or worse you deserve it,” the alleged tweet further read.
Earlier on Wednesday, Sri Lanka’s 1996 World Cup-winning captain Arjun Ranatunga was also accused of sexual harassment by an Indian flight attendant. In her Facebook post, she claimed that the Lankan cricket icon harassed her by the poolside of the hotel during one of his visits to India. She alleged that he grabbed her by the waist. But when she went to the hotel reception to complain, she was told, “It is your private matter.”
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