Rihanna's Tweet Leads to Arrest of Thai Bar Owner
The man faces with charges of obscenity and operating an entertainment venue without a permit following the pop star's racy post about a sex show.
BANGKOK — Thai authorities have arrested a bar owner in connection with a lewd sex show mentioned in racy tweets by pop star Rihanna during her recent trip to Thailand, officials said Monday, two weeks after an Instagram photo of Rihanna with a protected primate led to the arrest of two other men.
Officials on the island of Phuket, 680 kilometers (420 miles) south of Bangkok, said Monday the bar owner faced charges of obscenity and operating an entertainment venue without a permit.
Local district chief Weera Kerdsirimongkon said the man was arrested Saturday as part of a crackdown on shows featuring naked dancers.
"Authorities found out about this bar the morning after Rihanna tweeted about it, but we were not able to catch them violating the law until Saturday night," Weera said. "We had been waiting for them and finally caught them red-handed."
Weera said the bar owner could face up to one month's imprisonment and a fine of up to 60,000 baht ($1,900).
This isn't the first arrest triggered by Rihanna's postings on social media. A photo of her on Instagram with a slow loris, a squirrel-like animal with big eyes, led local police to arrest a 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy, who could face charges of possession of protected animals. The charge carries a penalty of up to four years in prison and a 40,000 baht ($1,300) fine.
Rihanna's tweets about the sex show below:
Either I was phuck wasted lastnight, or I saw a Thai woman pull a live bird,2 turtles,razors,shoot darts and ping pong, all out of her pu$$y— Rihanna (@rihanna) September 21, 2013
Only in #Thailand— Rihanna (@rihanna) September 21, 2013
The birds feathers were all damp! Lol— Rihanna (@rihanna) September 21, 2013
And THEN she tried to turn water into coke in her $!! Uhh yea, all I'm saying is water went in and soda came out! I'm traumatized!!!— Rihanna (@rihanna) September 21, 2013