Rui En not 'running away' from accident
TELEVISION actress Rui En is assisting in the investigation of an incident in which her car knocked over a parked motorcycle at a carpark in Clementi.
The incident occurred at about 4pm on Tuesday, in front of Block 332 in Clementi Avenue 2.
Rui En's artist manager confirmed the Channel 8 star was returning home when it happened.
She apologised on behalf of the actress, saying the accident was "due to some misjudgment" and that the actress "had no intentions of ignoring or even running away from her responsibility".
Bahrom Sarmiten, the 52-year-old owner of the motorcycle, told Chinese daily Lianhe Wanbao he was walking to the carpark when he saw a black BMW knocking over his bike. The car seemed out of control and was driven onto a kerb.
"I didn't want the driver to run away so I quickly rushed to stop it. I also knocked on the window and told her not to move," he said.
The actress had merely tried to park away from the congestion, her spokesman said, adding that her intentions "to position her vehicle in a safe area were mistaken".
Mr Bahrom told Wanbao the female driver asked: "Do you know who I am?"
He said: "I really didn't know who she was. But I thought, even if she's a minister's daughter, I don't care."
Later, a passer-by told him she was a famous local actress.
Witnesses said the police arrived at the scene and the actress was taken away.
The Mediacorp actress, whose full name is Lu Rui En, made headlines a year ago for her sulky demeanour at an awards show.
The popular actress was widely expected to take home a prize at the Star Awards Show 1 but went away empty-handed.
She will be receiving the All Time Favourite Artiste Award at this year's Star Awards, which will be held on Sunday and next, after winning the Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste award 10 times. She is also nominated for Best Actress.
Her fans expressed disbelief at the incident.
One of them, 23-year-old Mervin Yap, said: "I do not believe Rui En would do such things."
The university student, who has watched all her shows on TV, added: "If she really did it, she is someone who would own up and apologise."
Additional reporting by Foong Woei Wan and Gwendolyn Ng