‘Porn actor’ back in court

By CECIL FUNG

KUALA LUMPUR: The lead actor of the infamous Kisah Penghidupan Seorang Pramugara Yang Terlampau (Excessive Lifestyle of an Air Steward) is in hot water again.

This time, it is over shameful video recordings that he was said to have made with a trainee nurse.

Mohd Rizal Mat Yusof, who was convicted in 2004 for making the infamous pornographic VCD with the intention of distributing it to the public, was yesterday charged with committing criminal intimidation.

Charged: Mohd Rizal being led to the magistrates court in Kuala Lumpur yesterday to face a charge of committing criminal intimidation.
The 36-year-old man allegedly threatened his 24-year-old then girlfriend that he would distribute the shameful video recordings with the intention to strike fear in her.

Mohd Rizal, a former Malaysia Airlines air steward but unemployed now, claimed trial to committing the offence in front of the trainee nurses apartment unit in Bandar Baru Sentul here on Feb 23 at around 11.30pm.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Tetralina Ahmed Fauzi objected to bail, saying that the victim was known to the accused.

Referring to the 2004 case, she said Mohd Rizal had been jailed 18 months by the Klang Sessions Court but was granted a stay of execution pending an appeal against the conviction.

That case shook the whole country and it affected the well-being of a lot of people.

Todays charge features a similar modus operandi in which the accused had made shameful video recordings of a woman and threatened her that he would distribute it, the prosecutor said.

Tetralina further urged the court not to allow bail to avoid a repeat of the previous case.

Mohd Rizal, however, pleaded for bail, saying that his girlfriend had wrongly accused him.

I did not threaten her because Im aware that the previous case still hangs over me. Logically, I wouldnt have dared to do it, he said.

Mohd Rizal asked the court to give him a chance to find work to support his two children and elderly parents as well as to hire a lawyer.

He said he was an assistant manager until two months ago.

Im not a violent man, maam. I didnt do it. I cant even afford a lawyer now after raising the RM18,000 bond for my stay of execution.

Magistrate Azniza Mohd Ali allowed bail at RM5,000 in one surety on condition that Mohd Rizal reports to the nearest police station on a monthly basis.

She also barred Mohd Rizal from disturbing the complainant and other witnesses in the case.

Azniza fixed April 10 to allow the accused to appoint a lawyer. Mohd Rizals father later posted bail for him.

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