Singapore, Feb 5 (IANS) A 42-year-old Indian-origin singer in Singapore has been fined SG$3,000 for abusing a female production crew member in a drunken stupor in 2022.
Sivabalan Siva Prasad Menon, who had consumed between 10 and 15 cups of whiskey on the day of the incident, pleaded guilty on Monday to a charge of abuse.
Two other charges, including a further charge of sexual assault, were considered during the sentencing, The Straits Times newspaper reported.
On the day of the incident, the victim turned up at the Mediacorp Campus on Stars Avenue around 11am to work on the production of a show that had hired Menon as a singer and dancer.
Assistant public prosecutor Grace Teo told the court that Menon, who was also present at the premises, had downed up to 15 cups of whiskey between 3pm and 11.30pm.
The victim and a friend were waiting for the elevator after the show ended, and when it arrived, Menon stepped out of the elevator and grabbed the victim by the jaw and kissed her on the cheek.
The victim while trying to walk away told Menon that she did not like being treated this way, after which her friend intervened and asked Menon to leave.
Teo told the court that after Menon left the vicinity, the victim cried and hyperventilated because she felt stressed by the incident. He notified the police later that day.
Menon’s lawyer told the court that the incident was Menon’s first brush with the law and that the contact between the two was fleeting, lasting less than three seconds.
For sexual abuse, an offender can be jailed for up to three years, fined, caned or receive any combination of these punishments.