Reality show celebrity remanded in rape investigation, victim was going through depression


SHAH ALAM: A television personality, who was detained for allegedly raping a 23-year-old woman, has been remanded for five days.

Shah Alam OCPD Asst Comm Baharudin Mat Taib said the 25-year-old suspect has been remanded until Dec 1.

"He has been remanded for five days from today until Tuesday (Dec 1).

"We are investigating the matter further," he said when contacted on Friday (Nov 27).

The suspect was brought to the Shah Alam Court Complex at about 9.45am on Friday.

The suspect, who is also a former reality television contestant, was detained for the alleged rape on Thursday (Nov 26).

ACP Baharudin said the victim had got to know the suspect via Instagram and went out with him at about 8pm on Sept 11 last year, on the pretext of helping her with depression.

"The suspect had brought the victim to a restaurant in Batu 3, Shah Alam, and then to his home in Seksyen 7 here to supposedly give a more detailed explanation on how to 'cure' her depression.

"While there, the victim claimed that she was raped by the suspect. The next day, at 6.40am, the suspect warned the victim to keep the assault a secret," he said in a statement.

The suspect then escorted her to the lobby before putting her in an e-hailing ride so that she could return to her rented house in Subang Jaya, ACP Baharudin said.

"The victim had been admitted to Hospital Kajang on Sept 23 last year after suffering from emotional distress. She was also given psychiatric treatment.

"She also went back to her hometown in Pahang the following month and was subsequently warded at a hospital in Temerloh for five days.

"She is still going for follow-up treatments at the hospital there," he added.

The victim lodged a police report on the alleged rape on Nov 25.

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