Indonesian model takes legal action over wardrobe malfunction video allegedly taken without her consent

Melda said the video was taken while she was on vacation with her friends at Diamond Beach, Nusa Penida. Screengrab: Instagram/Melda Rosita
Melda said the video was taken while she was on vacation with her friends at Diamond Beach, Nusa Penida. Screengrab: Instagram/Melda Rosita

In what may possibly be the first case of its kind in Indonesia, instaceleb Melda Rosita said she has filed a report with the Bali Police over a viral video that was allegedly taken without her consent, wherein a wardrobe malfunction reportedly exposed her breast.

According to reports, a short clip of Melda circulated widely last week, in which a dress she was wearing came loose that her right breast was exposed. Melda, who has over 246,000 followers on Instagram, has since warned people to take down the videos they have shared on social media, explaining that she’s taking the invasion to her privacy seriously.

“For those of you who are still spreading that viral video. It’s better that you take it down lest you want the consequences. Stop sharing or posting […] I’m not playing around in dealing with this case, because I feel harmed so I’m not going to stay quiet,” Melda wrote on an Instagram story.

Melda told Tribun Bali that she filed the police report on Friday. She explained that the video was filmed just a few days prior, on Jan. 6, while she was on vacation with her friends at Diamond Beach, Nusa Penida. 

“A photographer in Bali filmed me without my consent. At the time I didn’t know he was taking a video of me,” Melda said, adding that she had hired the photographer only to take photos. 

According to Melda, the photographer took the clip and shared it on a WhatsApp group with hundreds of participants, which led to it going viral. She has been accused of chasing clout, as netizens claimed that she staged the stunt. 

“I didn’t even think it was going to go viral, why bother going viral for a case like this? It’s embarrassing,” Melda wrote.

It’s not clear at this point if Melda has filed a formal complaint specifically against the photographer.

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