Singapore—Melissa Faith Yeo Lay Hong, a Singaporean actress, model, and real estate agent, appeared in court on September 9, Monday, for having used vulgar language against public servants in several instances in the last year.
Ms Yeo, age 33, has been served four charges under the Protection from Harassment Act.
The first charge was for using “indecent and insulting communication” at Bishan MRT station at around 9:30 pm on November 21, 2018, against Victor Chuang Shi Chang, the assistant station language.
Ms Yeo allegedly abused Mr Chuang with an obscene hand gesture as well as vulgar words.
The second charge was for using an obscene word against Isabella Lee, an investigation officer at Ang Mo Kio Police Division, earlier this year on April 2, 2019.
In May, Ms Yeo incurred the third charge against her when she reportedly uttered a sentence that contained foul language to police emergency hotline operator Domnic Sankar Dass while she was at an Ang Mo Kio block of flats.
Ms Yeo gained prominence about a decade ago, when she was part of the list of FHM Singapore’s 100 Sexiest Women for two years in a row, 2008 and 2009.
In 2009, her popularity rose again when she publicly said on her blog that she was going to Bangkok for breast augmentation, the Straits Times (ST) reports.
She also appeared in some Mediacorp dramas, and was a model on the game show ‘Deal or No Deal’.
She is also known for acting in the 2014 movie Singaporean Afterimages, which features local urban myths, superstitions and legends.
Ms Yeo next made the news last year, when she commented on the Eden Ang story, adding her own narrative, as well as a friend’s, concerning the behavior of Mr Ang, a popular YouTube personality who was accused of sexual harassment by his 18-year-old personal assistant, and also by former national gymnast Nicolette Lim.
Mr Ang had allegedly asked his assistant, a woman named Lilith Lithe, to strip down to her underwear, after which he touched her buttocks.
In January 2018, Mr Ang was accused of inappropriately touching Ms Lithe. However, by March of this year, Ms Lithe revealed on her Facebook account that she was informed by the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) and the Singapore Police Force (SPF) that no further action would be taken against Mr Ang and that the case against him had been dropped.
Ms Yeo, who said on social media in February 2018 that she admired the courage of Ms Lithe and Nicolette Lim for coming forward with their stories about Mr Ang, published screenshots of her text exchanges with Mr Ang wherein the YouTuber allegedly demanded some alone time with her. She also told the story of a friend who had allegedly received an indecent proposal from Mr Ang.
The actress-model is set to return to court on September 30. In the meantime, her bail has been set at S$5,000. If she’s found guilty, Ms Yeo may be made to pay a fine of S$5,000 for every charge she is convicted of, or receive a one-year prison sentence./ TISG