Cris Hor­wang named in al­co­hol selfie scan­dal


>> Ac­tress and model Cris Hor­wang is among eight celebri­ties who have been fined af­ter ad­mit­ting to post­ing their self­ies with al­co­holic drinks on so­cial media, vi­o­lat­ing the Al­co­hol Con­trol Act.

The eight, with Non Thale Buffet Seafood restau­rant as the ninth sus­pect, are the first of 24 sus­pects who face le­gal ac­tion af­ter they were was re­ported to of­fi­cers un­der sum­monses is­sued by Non­thaburi Po­lice Sta­tion. “They all ad­mit­ted to the wrong­do­ing and are fined 50,000 baht each,” Pol Gen Wirachai Song­metta, a po­lice ad­viser of the Royal Thai Po­lice, said.

Other singers and ac­tors in this group are four males — Pongsak “Aof” Rat­tanapong, Da­vide “DJ De” Dorico, Osathi “Graf Black Vanilla” Chun­mongkhon and Wichian “DJ Phetcha” Ku­son­manomai — and three fe­males — Hansa “Nu­clear” Chueng­wi­watthana­wong, Naphasasi “Mind” Suwan and Thany­achanok “Bebe” Rit­nakha.

Their acts were deemed il­le­gal be­cause Sec­tion 32 of the Al­co­hol Con­trol Act pro­hibits a per­son from ad­ver­tis­ing al­co­holic drinks and from show­ing the names and lo­gos of the prod­ucts to pro­mote them.

Vi­o­la­tors are sub­ject to a jail term of up to one year and/or a fine of up to 500,000 baht, or a daily fine of 50,000 baht through­out the pe­riod of vi­o­la­tion.

An­other 15 sus­pects al­legedly in­volved in sim­i­lar wrong­do­ing have been sched­uled to grad­u­ally re­port to po­lice up un­til Aug 20, Pol Gen Wirachai said.

Among them are Ratchanon “Guy” Suprakop, John Chin­da­chot and Phit “Phit” Kachai, who will meet the of­fi­cers to­day.

Two mem­bers of Boom Boom Cash mu­si­cal group, Phailin “Wawa” Rat­tanasathian and Chanita “Mooky” Phuwaphiphat, will fol­low suit to­mor­row.

Next Fri­day will be the turn of Pha­ranyu “Tac” Rotwut­thitham, fol­lowed by Warattha “Noei” Im­raphon and Kherika “Hi-So Jinny” Chotwi­chit on Aug 13.

Natthawiranut “VJ Ja” Thongmi, Virithipa “VJ Woon­sen” Pakdeep­ra­song and Darathip “Pam Pam” Thiarawatchanatham will meet po­lice on Aug 15. Pakorn “Dome” Lam and Non­thaphon “Ying Yae” Thi­rawatthana­suk have their ap­point­ments set for Aug 16.

Boon Rawd Brew­ery Co, pro­ducer of Singha beer, and Thai Asia Pa­cific Co are also im­pli­cated in the case.

The sus­pects have come un­der the pub­lic spot­light af­ter a photo of Mr Pakorn pour­ing Chang beer was posted on In­sta­gram, caus­ing pub­lic out­cry in 2015. Mr Pakorn, who had been ar­rested for drinkdriv­ing caus­ing two deaths in 2001, de­nied he was paid for post­ing the photo.

Many celebri­ties were later found to have up­loaded con­tro­ver­sial pho­tos on so­cial media.

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