Amos Yee does an about-turn over apology

A day after saying he was "extremely remorseful" for the false claim that his former bailor Vincent Law had molested him and that he would offer a "detailed" public apology, teenage blogger Amos Yee has again admitted to lying.

At 1.30am yesterday, he posted on his Facebook page a link to a new post on his blog, which began: "I should issue a sincere apology to Vincent Law? Hahahahaha." He also said the 51-year-old youth counsellor threatened to discharge himself nine times.

In his post, Yee also described several instances in which he said he was unreasonably treated by Mr Law. These included insisting on meeting him every day, and not allowing him to take photographs with other people.

When asked about Yee's latest about-turn, Mr Law told The Sunday Times: "I think it's best to leave Amos alone and not write about him." He added that he was not considering legal action.

In another post on his Facebook page later yesterday, Yee continued to insult Mr Law. He wrote that if his former bailor were to take legal action, he would sue for "emotional abuse of a child".

His posts attracted hundreds of comments yesterday, with many netizens criticising his behaviour. Some said he was like "the boy who cried wolf" while others said he had lost his credibility, and was simply looking for attention.

Last Friday, after Mr Law demanded an "unreserved apology" from Yee for having claimed he molested him, the teenager, writing on his Facebook page, said: "I am extremely remorseful for the turmoil that I have caused to Vincent and his family..." Mr Law had initially posted bail of $20,000 for him last month, stepping up after his parents refused to do so.

The teenager was found guilty on May 12 of uploading an obscene image and making remarks intending to hurt the feelings of Christians, after a two-day trial.

That day, the court reduced the bail sum to $10,000, with no conditions attached. Bail was posted by his parents. Yee will be sentenced on June 2, pending the outcome of a probation report.

This article was first published on May 17, 2015.
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