EDUCATING Yorkshire’s stuttering star ‘Mushy’ has tearfully denied a 21-year-old student’s claims that he sexually harassed her.
Musharaf Asghar said today he was being tried by Twitter and he was “devastated” to be falsely accused of something so disgusting.
A tearful Musharaf Asghar uploaded a video of himself in response to sexual harassment allegations[/caption]
Mushy said he was innocent and was being tried by social media[/caption]
Surayah Ali, a psychotherapy student from Manchester, made the claims in a tweet, responding to one of Mushraf’s posts on Twitter.
Musharaf, who won viewers’ hearts by overcoming a speech impediment, wrote: “Today I officially turn 23 years old! Which means 7 years ago I was on Educating Yorkshire.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart in allowing me to live life as a motivational speaker.”
Surayah responded: “You interviewed me a while back for a mental health podcast.
“I’ve kept this in out of fear, but you sexually harassed me that day.
“You kindly drove me home and said ‘what would you do if I touched you down there?’ It affected me so much afterwards, hope you never do that again.”
She later tweeted: “I want to clarify he did not touch me but the way he spoke to me sexually traumatised me and affected me so much.
“To the point I would have panic attacks and still do.”
It affected me so much afterwards, hope you never do that again
After this she uploaded two videos in which he gives a detailed account of the alleged incident.
Today, a sobbing Musharaf uploaded a video of himself reading a statement which he also posted on Twitter.
It appeared as if it had been filmed at home in front of a computer.
Mush said: “I toyed with remaining silent, but it’s taken me a long time to find my voice, and this evening I made the conscious decision to use it to state my innocence regarding accusations that were made against me on social media this afternoon.
How is it right or just that anyone can accuse anyone of the most heinous crimes, on social media, with no evidence or credence?
“There have been numerous occasions over the years where innocent people have been tarnished with an unshakable reputation, because of unscrupulous people making bogus claims, and unfortunately, I am now one of those people.”
He added: “I have no doubt in my mind that there is a public health and human rights crisis where sexual violence is concerned, but there’s also another crisis at play – how is it right or just that anyone can accuse anyone of the most heinous crimes, on social media, with no evidence or credence?
“This will undoubtedly impact on how others see me, how my family and friends see me and I am absolutely devastated that I have been falsely accused of something so disgusting.
“I have never, and would never behave in such an appalling manor.”
In her account, Surayah said: “It happened last year in February 2018 and the difficulty is like I haven’t got any evidence because after it happened I blocked him on all my social media. I was with someone at that time.
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“I was supposed to go up to London to film the podcast with him but after it had happened I didn’t know it was sexual harassment, I just kept on denying it but I didn’t want to do the podcast. Which is why I just blocked him on everything.
“So yeah, I just saw his message and it just really p***** me off.”
A user called @thiccdolll asked: “Wouldn’t you go to the police instead of twitter?”
Others sympathised with Surayah, including @papaaqueer who wrote: “I’m sorry this happened to you.
“Your experience is valid and you should talk about it as much as it helps. Other girls could face the same situation. It’s a great thing you came forward.”
Educating Yorkshire began in September 2013 following the everyday lives of staff and pupils at Thornhill Community Academy, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.
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