Local rapper arrested after trying to blackmail teen over nude photos

Local rapper arrested after trying to blackmail teen over nude photos

A local YouTube personality has been nabbed for criminal intimidation.

Toh Yifan, 18, better known as Tzire, a rapper, was arrested on Wednesday after a woman made a police report against him for attempting to blackmail her with her nude photos.

The woman, an 18-year-old freelance make-up artist, told The New Paper on Sunday (TNPS) she met Tzire on Facebook in January.

"He added me (as a friend) and asked me to like his page, and we starting chatting from there," she said.

She said he invited her to his home on April 22.

There, she said they both agreed to play strip poker, which led to both of them removing all their clothes and her performing a sex act on him after losing a bet.

The woman said he made her a snack before she went home.

On May 4, Tzire contacted the girl, asking for a loan of $120, but she refused. According to messages on her mobile phone which she showed TNPS, he claimed he owed money to loan sharks.

On Wednesday, he contacted her again, asking to borrow $150.

When she remained reluctant to give him money, the rapper said he had her nude pictures from the strip poker tryst.

In messages that followed, the rapper asked her for increasing amounts, of $250, then $400, with Tzire eventually raising the amount to $1,000.

He added that the money was to pay his debt of $3,100 to loan sharks.

The woman said she never gave him any money and that same day, she made a police report.

Police have confirmed the report and said investigations are ongoing.

The girl said she broke down when Tzire told her about the photos.

"I cried. I didn't know what to do, I couldn't sleep, it was a traumatising experience," she said.

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