Klink claims she was fined for ‘kissing while driv­ing’

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - LEBANON - By Ti­mor Azhari

BEIRUT: Me­dia sen­sa­tion and singer Myr­iam Klink told fans Thurs­day that she had re­ceived a traf­fic fine for kissing while driv­ing, shar­ing an al­leged photo of her fine via In­sta­gram.

The post fea­tured a picture of the ticket, which was clearly filled in with the words, “[fined for] per­form­ing kissing while driv­ing.”

A source from the In­te­rior Min­istry said that he could not com­ment on the traf­fic law, while a sec­ond source from the min­istry told The Daily Star he did not know whether kissing while driv­ing was specif­i­cally cov­ered in the traf­fic law.

“I have no idea,” the sec­ond source said, chuck­ling. “I’ve never heard about this part of the law.”

Klink’s lat­est brush with the law is hardly her most con­tro­ver­sial. The self-styled model-turned-singer has re­peat­edly been the fo­cus of le­gal ac­tion. She raised eye­brows ear­lier this year when her mu­sic video for the song “Goal” was banned from cir­cu­la­tion by Jus­tice Min­is­ter Salim Jreis­sati shortly af­ter it was re­leased.

The clip fea­tured a scant­ily clad Klink along­side Le­banese singer Jad Khal­ife. It was pulled af­ter min­is­ters de­ter­mined that, among other of­fenses, the video’s in­clu­sion of a child con­sti­tuted “ex­ploita­tion.”

Con­tro­versy is an es­sen­tial com­po­nent of Klink’s brand. The singer’s 2012 “Klink Revo­lu­tion” mu­sic video fea­tured a hot­pantswear­ing, gun-tot­ing Klink strolling through a ceme­tery and crit­i­ciz­ing Le­banon’s elites.

In 2014, Klink stuck to her guns fol­low­ing crit­i­cism of the singer’s de­ci­sion to meet with Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad of Syria. Klink sub­se­quently pub­li­cized her sup­port for As­sad on Face­book. As­sad has been ac­cused of per­pe­trat­ing war crimes in the on­go­ing Syr­ian civil con­flict.

Klink re­ceived a nom­i­na­tion in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial vote, when one MP wrote her name on the bal­lot.

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