Indonesian actress and activist Ratna Sarumpaet lies about political assault to hide cosmetic surgery
Email Indonesian actress and activist Ratna Sarumpaet lies about political assault to hide cosmetic surgery
Posted October 04, 2018 15:20:36Photo: Sarumpaet met with a presidential candidate to tell him about her "assault". (Twitter: @fadlizon) Related Story: Indonesia's 'buzzers' paid to spread propaganda ahead of election Related Story: Jokowi rival Prabowo to stand for Indonesian president Related St ory: Meet the Indonesian artist fooling the world with his fake celebrity photos Map: Indonesia
Outspoken Indonesian actress and activist Ratna Sarumpaet has admitted she lied about being assaulted in a politically motivated attack, saying her injuries were instead from cosmetic surgery, after pictures of her swollen face went viral this week.
- Sarumpaet said the assault was carried out by three assailants at an airport in Bandung
- Police discovered she had not been in Bandung but rather a hospital
- Sarumpaet apologised for her lie in a press conference on Wednesday
Sarumpaet â" the campaign head for controversial Opposition Leader Prabowo Subianto â" said she created the assault story to hide the cosmetic work from her friends and family, and explain the swelling and bruising to her face.External Link: Postingan Foto Pasca Operasi Ratna
"There was no assault. That was just a delusion inspired by Satan," she told the media hours after the police held a conference questioning her claims.
"I never thought that I would be this stupid. I don't know what evil encouraged me to create [the lie]."
The story turned political when Mr Prabowo met with Sarumpaet and denounced the assault as a "human rights abuse" and a "cowardly" attack.
"This is a repressive act, a clear violation of human rights â¦ to do this to a lady who is already 70, it's outrageous," Mr Prabowo said in a press conference.
Images of Ms Sarumpaet's swollen face spread quickly on social media, with other activists and party members tweeting their support for the actress, including Deputy Speaker Fadi Zon who said she was "remaining strong" after having stitches removed.
A police investigation was opened.
The 69-year-old claimed the assault was carried out by three assailants at an airport in Bandung, but police soon discovered she had not been in Bandung that day but rather at a Jakarta hospital specialising in cosmetic surgery.
'I'm the best hoax creator'
Sarumpaet, known for being vocal in her stance against fake media and the spreading of false information, apologised in a press conference in her Jakarta home on Wednesday.
"It turns out I had become the best hoax creator; my lie had caused an uproar in this nation," she said.
"When my children asked me, I told them that I was assaulted. They continued digging into that short answer because they saw their mother was bruised," she said, adding she did not think the lie would spread so widely.
"I never imagined such stupidity."External Link: Baru usai pertemuan dg Mbak @RatnaSpaet . Bar u lepas jahitan di kepala. Ia tetap tegar
Sarumpaet apologised to everyone affected.
"I am sorry for my foolishness," she said.
"Especially to Mr Prabowo Subianto, whom I am rooting for, and my friends at the coalition."
Director of the Indonesian Anti-Hoax Society, Septiadji Eko Nugroho, said it was inappropriate for Mr Prabowo to call himself and his coalition victims of Sarumpaet's lies.
Mr Nugroho said they should have investigated and confirmed her story before making an announcement to the public.
"It's inappropriate for them to disseminate the information publicly before they assured themselves that the news was true," Mr Nugroho told the ABC.
Mr Nugroho even accused the presidential candidate of being part of the hoax.
"Mr Prabowo was clearly participating in spreading false information, he was part of it," he said.
"He even held a press conference to talk about it. It's a fatal mistake."
Topics: assault, offbeat, world-politics, fraud-and-corporate-crime, indonesia, asiaSource: Google News