Ex-S’pore Idol judge charged

Once the chief judge on reality singing competition Singapore Idol, Ken Lim Chih Chiang was yesterday made to stand before a district judge after he was accused of molestation.

Lim, the executive director of record label Hype Records, is said to have molested a 25-year-old woman by touching her breast via skin-to-skin contact.

The alleged incident happened on Nov 23, 2021, at the Hype Records office in Henderson Road.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Chong Kee En asked for a gag order on the identity of the victim.

Lim turned up at the State Courts at about 8am, dressed in a black T-shirt and donning a mask.

As the charge was read out to him at about 9.25am, the 58-year-old kept his gaze firmly on the bench.

Lim, who was represented by Navin Naidu was accompanied by his wife, former recording artiste Judy Hsu.

The couple have two sons.

Navin told the court that investigations have taken more than 15 months, and that Lim maintains his innocence and will not be pleading guilty.

The court set bail at S$10,000 (RM33,180) and another additional S$10,000 bail after Lim was given permission to leave Singapore.

Navin applied for Lim to travel to Phuket, Thailand, from May 25 to June 4 for a business trip.

Lim set up Hype Records in 1992, with the firm quickly becoming one of the most established labels in Singapore.

His court case is expected to be heard again on April 14. — The Straits Times/ANN

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