Singer Paulini faces bribery charges
SINGER Paulini Curuenavuli is facing charges of bribery and is due to appear in a Sydney court midway through her run in the musical The Bodyguard.
Curuenavuli shot to fame in 2003 as a contestant on the first season of Australian Idol and made her stage debut starring in the Australian production of The Bodyguard this year.
NSW Police yesterday con- firmed the 34- year- old was issued a future court attendance notice on June 30 and is due to face Mount Druitt Local Court on Wednesday.
It’s alleged Curuenavuli paid a sum of money to a Roads and Maritime Services employee in exchange for an unrestricted NSW driver’s licence. Police say she will be charged with corruptly giving a benefit to an agent, which car- ries a maximum penalty of seven years in jail. A 27- yearold RMS worker was charged in July 2016 for making false documents and no longer works for the department.
The musical is set to wind up its Brisbane run tomorrow before moving to Melbourne.
Curuenavuli plays the role of Rachel Marron, the character made famous by Whitney Houston in the US film.