Teenage Indonesian singer alleges ex-manager sexually abused him

Teenage Indonesian singer alleges ex-manager sexually abused him

Indonesian child star Tegar Septian made headlines last month with allegations that his Singaporean ex-manager had cheated him of money and made away with his passport, laptop, guitar and camera.

Mr Arif Dollah, 30, was also accused of preventing contact between the 13-year-old singer and his parents in Subang, Indonesia, and his Indonesian record label while they were in Malaysia for two months for shows.

The drama took a twist on Wednesday when it was alleged in a press conference that Tegar was sexually abused by Mr Arif between last November and January while they were in Malaysia.

Tegar, a street singer who rose to fame after a video of him singing an original song went viral on YouTube, told Indonesian media he was made to sleep in just his underwear and Arif would do the same when they shared a bed in Malaysia.

"He likes to be close (to me)... If I shower, he would accompany me," he said.

He also alleged that Mr Arif had asked him to kiss him.

In a further twist, local singer Sufie Rashid, 24, has also accused Mr Arif of sexually abusing him more than 10 years ago.

Sufie said he decided to come forward after all these years to help Tegar.

When contacted by The New Paper, Mr Arif strongly denied all the allegations made against him.

Indonesian media reported on Thursday that Tegar's stepfather and record label Harpa Records had sought assistance from the country's National Commission for Child Protection.

The commission's chairman, Mr Arist Merdeka Sirait, who was also at the conference, alleged that Mr Arif had sexually abused Tegar.

He also mentioned the theft of Tegar's belongings, and that a police report on the alleged theft and abuse would be made.

On Thursday, The Straits Times Online reported Mr Arist as saying: "We have filed a report to police on Thursday. Police will soon arrange a medical check on the victim and use the medical report as preliminary evidence to press charges against Arif Dollah.

"He is facing a maximum of 15 years and a minimum of five years in jail if found guilty."

Tegar's stepfather, Mr Yusuf, who was also present at the press conference, said he was "upset" when he found out about the allegations and immediately told Harpa Records about them.

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Ex-manager: Someone must have forced him to say these things

Tegar Septian's former manager, Mr Arif Dollah, has denied all the allegations made against him.

"I didn't do any of it. A friend of mine who is close to Tegar and whom Tegar treats like a brother said that someone must have forced him to (make the allegations)," he said in a phone interview yesterday.

Mr Arif, who said he was hired by Tegar's parents in February last year, told The New Paper: "Someone is unhappy with me because I know something that can expose them. I won't say what it is."

He stopped managing Tegar on Jan 30 after returning to Indonesia from Malaysia.

He said that he pitied Tegar, who he claimed is "caught in the middle" and "afraid to apologise" to him for making the allegations.

In response to the allegations of sex abuse, he said: "I don't know how the story came about. In truth, Tegar sleeps wearing shorts and a sarong that he uses as a blanket. Also, he is 13 and able.

"There was also another person there (in the bed). If we had both been in just our underwear, wouldn't the third person say something?"

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