Amos Yee admits ex-bailor 'molest' claim untrue
BARELY a day after he was convicted and released on bail, teenage blogger Amos Yee alleged that he had been "molested" by Vincent Law, the family and youth counsellor who had stepped forward to bail him out.
Mr Law called the allegation "false". But Yee later said in the evening that Mr Law "didn't really molest me".
At 2.40pm yesterday, Yee made a lengthy post on Facebook inviting the media to "catch" him when he exited Pasir Panjang MRT Station between 3pm and 4pm. Up until 5.15pm, there was no sign of the teenager.
The 16-year-old wrote that if they did, he would "clear the air" and "reveal that little tidbit of information on how (his) ex-bailor, Vincent Law, molested (him)".
But Yee said in a Facebook post at about 9.40pm last night that it was actually a ruse.
When contacted on Yee's initial allegation, Mr Law told The Straits Times: "I deny this very serious and false allegation that he has made. I have no idea why he would say that."
Yee's lawyer Alfred Dodwell said that the post took him by surprise. "He's never communicated this to me or my team."
He said he had not spoken with the teenager since they parted ways on Tuesday, when Yee was found guilty of uploading an obscene image and making remarks intended to hurt the feelings of Christians, after a two-day trial last week.
Yee has since taken down the offensive YouTube video and post from his blog that got him convicted.
The blogger was charged in court on March 31, four days after uploading the video criticising the late Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's founding prime minister. A day after he put up the video, he uploaded an image illustrating two people having sex, on which he superimposed the faces of Mr Lee and former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.
Yee will be sentenced on June 2, pending the outcome of a probation report.
The court reduced the bail sum to $10,000 on Tuesday, with no conditions attached. The previous bail amount was $30,000 and as part of his bail terms, Yee was not allowed to post anything online.
On Tuesday evening, Yee told reporters that he wanted to apply for a restraining order to prevent his father, computer engineer Alphonsus Yee, from getting close to him.
Mr Yee, who was present when his son said this, looked calm, Lianhe Wanbao reported yesterday.
Asked why he wanted to take such action against his father, Yee said he would give his reason in an update on his blog.
Mr Yee later told reporters he did not know why his relationship with his son had turned cold. But he said he would not blame his son for applying for a restraining order against him.
"Let him say what he wants to say and let his actions speak for themselves. I've accepted that he's that kind of child. The important thing now is to ensure that he gets proper help," he said.
THE STRAITS TIMES, LIANHE WANBAO