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Pop singer files court complaint

Sok Pisey says she is not associated with pornographic video using her name t permission

CELEBRITY songstress Sok Pisey has filed a complaint with the Phnom Penh Municipal Police after a pornographic video that features her name in its titles spread throughout the Kingdom.

Sok Pisey, a favourite pop star among Cambodian youths, said the video’s producers had used her name without authorisation, adding that the actress in the video bore no resemblance to her.

“I would never get involved in such an immoral endeavour. Out of 100 percent, the actress in the video looks only 1 or 2 percent like me,” Sok Pisey said Thursday.

The singer added that she had submitted her complaint with the anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection bureau of the Phnom Penh Municipal Police on Monday, and was seeking US$50,000 in compensation from the “anonymous, ignorant” filmmakers responsible for the video.

Keo Thea, head of the anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection bureau, said Thursday that his staff was looking into the case, but had not yet determined the identities of those involved.

“I have watched the video already – it is not a cut-and-paste job. I am not sure yet if that is Pisey or not, but her name did appear in the video,” Keo Thea said.

“The complainant is concerned about her reputation, and the perpetrator made this video for business purposes,” he added.

Sok Pisey said the video’s producers were attempting to exploit her fame and success as an entertainer.

“This kind of thing has happened to many singers and actresses already, but I cannot be patient and let them play with my name like this,” Sok Pisey said. “I have to report to the police and get justice for myself.”

Khmer traditions and morals are under attack from this and other similarly lascivious entertainment, said San Arun, secretary of state at the Ministry of Women’s Affairs.

“The Ministry of Women’s Affairs is educating people so that they understand how to protect Khmer culture and tradition. We want to make sure young Cambodian people are aware of our national culture and morality, but it takes time to change people’s attitudes,” she said.


Sim Soklai, 24, university student
Sy Sothana, 18, high school student
Khat Yorn, 23, security guard
Pop Rane, 40, petrol vendor
“I’m a man, but I don’t want to see naked images of film stars like this because they defame Sok Pisey. I like listening to the songs of Sok Pisey very much - she’s a beautiful girl, and she sings very well. I think that perhaps some people are jealous of her, so they are trying to defame her.”
“I haven’t seen the video yet, but a few days after it came out, so many students sent it to one another via Bluetooth that I almost couldn’t believe it. With modern technology like this, it is easy for people to destroy the reputations of Sok Pisey and other pop stars. I am a woman too, so I pity her.”
“I like pictures of women because I am a man, but I don’t want to see pictures like this, of famous people, released to the public. This is a loss of Khmer tradition. I think [Sok Pisey] will feel really shy about meeting people in public from now on. Many pop stars have been victims of this before.”
“If these pictures were of my daughter, I would feel very embarrassed. Khmer women are not the same as Western women – they are very shy and they wear long clothing to hide their bodies. I feel angry for Sok Pisey, because images like this should not be seen by the public.”



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