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Kerala Actor-Politician Suresh Gopi Stirs Row After Putting Hand On Women Journalist, Tenders Apology

The woman journalist, however, is mulling a legal action against the former Rajya Sabha member Suresh Gopi.

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Kerala actor-politician Suresh Gopi on Saturday tendered an "apology" to a woman journalist for putting his hand on her shoulder.

He said he had behaved in an "affectionate manner" towards the journalist. 

The woman, however, is mulling a legal action against the former Rajya Sabha member, reported ANI.

"If she felt bad about my behaviour, her feelings should be respected. I tender an apology towards her if she had felt badly about my behaviour. Sorry...," the actor-turned-politician said in a Facebook post on Saturday.

While interacting with reporters in Kozhikode on Friday, the politician purportedly placed his hand on the woman's shoulder, calling her 'mole' (daughter). After the journalist squirmed back and asked a second question, he placed his hand on her shoulder again.

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ANI reported the journalist said the politician's apology seemed to be an explanation and she was mulling legal action against him.

The Kerala Union of Working Journalists said it would file a complaint against Gopi with the women's commission for "misbehaving" with the journalist.

"Other appropriate legal actions will be taken. This is an insult to all women who have taken up this profession," the release added.

"In the video, it can be seen that he placed his hand on the shoulder of a journalist who asked a question that he didn't like, and she removed it. It is clear in the footage that even when this was repeated, the hand had to be removed. Whatever the justification, Suresh Gopi's action is unacceptable," KUWJ said in the release.

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IE report quoting woman journalist saidshe was shocked with his behaviour and was traumatised about the whole episode. 

She said she was there "on duty", not for a "friendly conversation".

"I had to address it as a woman journalist who has been working for over 15 years. Hence I decided to go for legal recourse,” she said.
 

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