Rui En sorry for motorbike accident
TELEVISION star Rui En has apologised for an accident on Tuesday, in which she had driven her BMW into a stationary motorcycle.
The Channel 8 actress' car had knocked over the bike belonging to Bahrom Sarmiten, 52, at a carpark near Block 331, Clementi Avenue 2 at about 4.10pm.
Mr Bahrom had told Chinese newspaper Lianhe Wanbao in a report on Wednesday that the first thing the Hype Records artist had said to him was: "Do you know who I am?"
He did not know who she was at first, but was later told by passers-by that she was a famous Singaporean actress. However, he said he did not care "even if she's a minister's daughter".
Rui En's manager told Chinese newspaper Shin Min Daily News in a report yesterday that what she had really meant was: "Do you know who I am? I am Rui En, I will not run away, I will stay and settle this."
In a statement reported by Wanbao yesterday, Rui En said: "As a public figure, this incident has come to the attention of the public and caused inconvenience to everyone. I'm very sorry for this."
The 35-year-old is filming the police drama C.L.I.F. 4.
Producer Chong Liung Man told Shin Min that Rui En will continue in her role as Criminal Investigation Department officer Huang Zhijie in the TV series, which premieres in September, but that she was given the day off yesterday to settle her private matters.
She had been at a shoot for the show on Wednesday afternoon and did seem affected by the incident, Mr Chong said.
"At that time, the news had already broken and everyone knew," he explained.
"She looked normal and did her best in the filming. However, the shoots for (today) are more important, requiring more emotion, so the director and I decided to give her a day off to settle things."
He added that they would not give her role to someone else just because of the accident, as it is a private matter, separate from the series.
Hype Records has confirmed that Rui En would be attending the Star Awards on Sunday and next as planned. She has been nominated for Best Actress and is due to accept an All-Time Favourite Artiste Star Award.
Chinese newspaper Lianhe Zaobao and The Straits Times reported that the actress had been in another accident early this year where she allegedly hit another person's car and drove away.
The owner of the car posted Rui En's licence plate on social media to track her down, before the actress reached the owner and made a private settlement.
Rui En's manager confirmed that the star was involved in an accident at the start of the year but denied that she had run away after.
In Tuesday's accident, Rui En had smelled of alcohol, according to Mr Bahrom.
She reportedly offered him $2,000 to settle matters privately but he refused as he did not think it would cover the extensive damage to his bike.
The police arrived at the scene and gave Rui En a breathalyser test, before she was taken away in a police car.
Police investigations are ongoing.