Police in India just filed rape and assault charges against the editor of a liberal magazine, Tehelka — a publication known for its anti-corruption, pro-transparency angle, that recently called for Indians to address the country's problems with sexual violence.
Tarun Tejpal, Tehelka's editor and co-founder, is accused of two separate sexual assaults against the same victim, a magazine employee who had been acting as a guide to Robert De Niro and his daughter during their time in Goa, a small state in India.
The accusations became public on Wednesday, when a "remorseful letter" from Tejpal was leaked to other news outlets and Tehelka's managing editor, Shoma Chaudhury, sent a staff-wide announcement that there had been “an untoward incident” and that Tejpal would "recuse" himself for six months as a result.
The next day, the victim's account of the episodes, apparently sent over email, were published on social media sites. According to reports, the victim was assaulted in the elevator of a luxury hotel in Goa.
Although the victim has not made a statement to police, authorities say her email account is enough to launch the investigation.
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