#MeToo: US journo trashes Akbar's claim of consensual sex

MJ Akbar
With over a dozen journalists accusing him of sexual harassment and assault, Akbar quit as Minister of State for External Affairs on October 17.

New Delhi: A US journalist, who has accused former Union Minister M J Akbar of raping her 23 years ago, on Saturday slammed his statement where he said that they had a "consensual relationship", saying that it wasn't.

In a first person account in The Washington Post published on Friday, the US journalist gave a detailed account of how she was raped by Akbar and narrated her ordeal of working under him when he was the Editor of The Asian Age newspaper years ago.

Akbar on Friday said they had a "consensual relationship" even as his wife accused the US journalist of lying.

Dismissing Akbar's statement, the journo tweeted: "Rather than take responsibility for his abuse of me and his serial predation of other young women who have courageously come forward, Akbar has insisted- just like other infamous serial sexual abusers of women– that the relationship was consensual. It was not,"

She attacked the former Minister by saying that "a relationship that is based on coercion, and abuse of power, is not consensual."

"I stand by every word in my published account. I will continue to speak my truth so that other women who have been sexually assaulted by him know it is okay for them to come forward and speak their truth too," she said.

With over a dozen journalists accusing him of sexual harassment and assault, Akbar quit as Minister of State for External Affairs on October 17.

Denying the charges, he filed a criminal defamation case against journalist Priya Ramani who was the first to accuse him.