Web Desk: Social media influencer Junaid Akram, who rise to the fame with his video clips on social issues has also been swept away in the wave of worldwide #MeToo movement.
Many women came out and spoke about his sexual harassment. In a statement, a woman said, “I followed him on social media and would occasionally comment on his post. Once, he messaged me saying that I shouldn’t comment on his post which may carry double meaning as he has some ‘creeps’ added as well. I then avoided commenting.”
“Another time he messaged and asked me for my WhatsApp number. I gave it to him. We talked once or twice on WhatsApp. The conversation consists of polite casual remarks.”
“And then suddenly out of nowhere, he said ‘I wanna see you’ to which I replied ‘Yes sure, wherever you are in country’ because he was residing out of country at that time.”
“He replied, ‘No I wanna see you now, if you know what I mean.’ I didn’t know what to reply, so I ended up not replying to his comment and blocked him later.”
Then another woman wrote, “I’m scared to come out in public from my real profile because he has threatened me multiple times.”
“He has misbehaved with me on multiple occasions, forcibly kissed me and also hide that he had a wife. I got to know about his wife from somewhere else,” she continued.
She said Junaid hid her wife and chatted with her on Snapchat only. “He has harassed me on multiple occasions and also forcibly kissed me twice, I later got to know that he has a wife who is a divorcee and he is a step-father to her 2 kids.”
She concluded, ‘After I got to know his wife he forcibly tried to kiss me and I slapped him.’
The third accuser girl claimed that Akram lied about his marital status. After meeting with him few times, he messaged her saying, “I’m really sorry to cause you all this trouble. You didn’t deserve this in the first place. I was beginning to like you a lot but that was just going to hurt us both eventually. I hope, one day, you can understand where I came from. If you don’t forgive me, that’s fine too. I deserve it.”
And if the first three were not enough a fourth girl came out and shared that I came to know him when he visited my University to give a speech on mental health where he shared his child abuse story, “I reached out to him on messenger thinking he’s someone I can relate to.”
“He asked me to video call him. I am not very comfortable with calls let alone video calls but he insisted.”
“We had another event in university and wanted to invite him so reached out to him. Then he started flirting or I’d say sexting. Since I wanted to invite him I didn’t say no in clear terms but he wanted me to go naked on video call,” she continued.
“I resisted and on that he blackmailed me that he’ll make a video about me in which he’ll talk about my story and my parents and other people will see and I agreed to removing my shirt on video call.”
Akram denied all claims and said he was consulting his legal team to take action within the parameters of the law.