Sunday, February 11, 2018

Eden Ang sexual harassment allegations

31-year-old Singapore YouTube star Eden Ang from JianHao Tan, Night Owl Cinematics, and Wah!Banana has been accused of sexually harrasing an 18 years old girl by a Facebook user named Kuroe Kun. According to the Facebook post, 18 years old was a friend of Kuroe Kun and had been hired for Eden Ang’s YouTube channel. During the course of their work together, she was inappropriately touched by the actor, claimed Kuroe Kun. At one point, the friend complied to Ang’s alleged demands for her to strip to her lingerie out of fear.

Kuroe Kun also alleged that the police who handled the girls’ report of sexual harassment weren’t tactful and blamed the victim for bringing it upon herself. The post was later removed.

When it all blew up on social media, Eden Ang took to Facebook to respond. He said :

Thank you to all my family, friends, and fans who have notified me about the recent malicious allegations regarding me on Facebook. I am aware of this and I have made a police report. As always I put full faith and trust in the Singapore Police Force and the Singaporean legal system. I am fully cooperating with the authorities on the investigation of this case. Thank you to those who continue to support me and I pray these allegations come to past quickly.

 After this, YouTuber and influencer Dee Kosh released a 20 minutes video where he alleged tha he actually knew the details of Ang’s alleged sexual misconduct. According to him, Ang and 18 years old met in a boxing match. She took a video of Ang and posted it on Instagram. Ang replied to her on Instagram and they started chatting. Later Ang hired her as  his personal assistant.

Sometime later in a text exchange, Ang seemingly controlled the way she dressed. He asked her to “cover up” on one day and “dress different” on another. When she said she’d prefer to dress professionally on both days, Ang replied: “Good girls listen to daddy. You should call me that actually”. Further down the text message exchange, she told him “don’t touch me”. He replied “you wish mei mei (“little sister” in Mandarin)”.

The serious allegation is that Ang touched her ass :

Jumping forward in time, Ang messaged her to wear a “cute G”, for some reason. A G-string.
When she refused, Ang told her to listen to “daddy” and show her best asset. Later on, the girl was (allegedly) told to take off her pants, and Ang (allegedly) smacked her ass.

After this, Ang said he has been receiving death threats and is even seeking legal action against the people (Dee Kosh included, probably) who’ve continued to cast “malicious accusations”.

“I did not take advantage of anyone. I recognize that incidents like these often play out in a “he said she said” situation, but my conscience is clear and I have the records to support this. Some have pointed out that I should publicly share details to prove my position. However, I will not be sharing any further details on identity or communications out of respect for everyone’s privacy. Any further discussions can be through the authorities.”

 Singapore Police Force put out its own statement regarding the case, taking issue with is the fact that the alleged victim’s friend (Kuroe Kun) made some pretty serious claims about police officers from the Clementi Police Division.

A netizen, Kuroe Kun, posted online on 25 January 2018 that her female friend was allegedly molested. In her post, Kuroe Kun also made allegations against an Investigation Officer (IO) from Clementi Police Division. These are serious allegations against the IO, and we have looked into it. We wish to clarify that the allegations are unfounded and false. The IO carried out his duty professionally when he attended to the female friend. The IO did not make any insensitive remarks, contrary to what has been alleged by Kuroe Kun. Neither did the IO turn Kuroe Kun's female friend away. Rather, the female friend informed the IO of her own accord that she needed time to consider about lodging a police report.
Following Kuroe Kun's online post, the Police have requested Kuroe Kun's female friend to come forward to lodge a report. However, she has not been forthcoming in her accounts to the Police and has yet to make a police report, despite our continual efforts to reach out to her.
The Police take a very serious view of all complaints or allegations made against our officers. Such complaints will be thoroughly investigated and if substantiated, the Police will not hesitate to take action against any errant officer. However, we also cannot condone malicious allegations against the Police. If the allegations are found to be false and made maliciously, appropriate action in accordance with the law will be taken.
The Police urge members of the public to post information online responsibly. We also urge the public not to speculate or spread unsubstantiated information.
The alleged victim later came out with a mumbo jumbo tone of #MeToo movement :

Hey everyone. My name is Lilith, and I am the victim in the Eden Ang scandal that is currently going on. I haven’t said anything so far because i’ve been scared. no, terrified by what speaking up would mean..for my safety, for my dignity, for my family and for my friends. But enough is enough.
It has recently come to light that there had been some discrepancies in the post that my friend had put out. I am here to set the record straight. Everything she said about Eden is true. He did touch me after me repeatedly telling him no, both online and offline. I will be filing a police report soon and will be unable to further comment on this issue. I encourage every girl out there who may feel the same way as i do, to please, speak out. Even if my coming out with this leads to being harassed and my safety being compromised, if I give courage to even just ONE other girl to stand up for what is right, this all be worth it. thank you for the support most of you have given me. I hope this step I take will be a step for change.
Eden Ang sexual harassment alleged victim
Ang has yet to issue a new statement regarding the issue, but he has already assured that he’ll be lawyering up and lodging a police report of his own.

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