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Thursday 21 August 2014

Bar owner held over Rihanna tweet

A Thai bar owner has been arrested over a lewd sex show mentioned in racy tweets by pop star Rihanna (AP)

A Thai bar owner has been arrested over a lewd sex show highlighted in racy tweets by pop star Rihanna during a recent trip to the country.

Officials on the island of Phuket said the man faced charges of obscenity and operating an entertainment venue without a permit.

Local district chief Weera Kerdsirimongkon said he was arrested on Saturday as part of a crackdown on shows featuring naked dancers.

"Authorities found out about this bar the morning after Rihanna tweeted about it, but we were not able to catch them violating the law until Saturday night," Mr Weera said. "We had been waiting for them and finally caught them red-handed."

The bar is on the second-floor of a building in one of Phuket's red-light districts Patong Beach,.

Mr Weera said the bar owner could face up to one month in jail and a fine.

This is not the first arrest originated by Rihanna's postings on social media. A fortnight ago a photo of her with a slow loris, a squirrel-like animal with big eyes, on Instagram led Thai police to arrest a 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy, who could face charges of possession of protected animals.

-AP

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