Singer Paulini faces bribery charges

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

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.

Paulini Cu­ru­e­navuli.

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