After #MeToo allegations, Tata Sons ends contract with Suhel Seth

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Tata Sons, taking note of public criticism, on Monday terminated the services of Suhel Seth as consultant with the group after he was accused of sexual harassment by several women.

“Counselage’s (Suhel Seth) contract with Tata Sons will end on November 30, 2018,” said a Tata Sons spokesperson.

Sources, as per a NDTV report, said the company decided to prematurely end the contract with Suhel Seth’s firm Counselage with a month’s notice. The company had stopped engaging with Counselage since the allegations emerged, they added.

Suhel Seth has been named by six women including model Diandra Soares, filmmaker Natasha Rathore and writer Ira Trivedi.

Suhel has been uncharacteristically silent since a storm of sexual harassment allegations broke against him on social media this month. He has not posted a single tweet since October 10, when two women publicly accused him of forcibly groping and kissing them. Since then, four other women have spoken about his alleged misbehaviour. One woman said she hit back by biting his tongue and squeezing his genitals.

Several men accused of sexual harassment this month have faced serious professional consequences – some have resigned from their jobs, a few have been served notices by industry associations. In Seth’s case, other than his silence, the impact of the allegations against him is unclear.

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