Thai Authorities Arrest Bar Owner Over Rihanna's Tweets
Thai authorities, on Monday, announced the arrest of a bar owner and two other men for obscenity and operating an entertainment venue without a permit.
The arrest followed tweets about a sex show by popular musician, Rihanna, during her trip to Thailand.
The local district chief of the Phuket Island, located 680 kilometres (420 miles) south of Bangkok, Weera Kerdsirimongkon, said the bar owner was arrested during a crackdown on people who organised shows featuring nude dancers.
According to Weera, '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 Saturdaynight. We had been waiting for them and finally caught them red-handed.'
The local district chief went on to say that the bar owner could face imprisonment of one year or 60,000 baht ($1,500) fine.
Reports say this is not the first time Rihanna's social media posts have caused a person to be arrested for one violation or the other. Barely a months ago, two men were arrested for possession of protected animals after Rihanna posted a photo of a slow loris on Instagram.