Soap actress Jennifer Coppen allegedly slapped at bar after defending a woman from being harassed

Dutch-Indonesian TV actress Jennifer Coppen. Photo: Obtained.
Dutch-Indonesian TV actress Jennifer Coppen. Photo: Obtained.

TV actress Jennifer Rochelle Coppen became the talk of the island after she reportedly confronted several men who were harassing an inebriated woman at a local bar… and got slapped for it. The police are now investigating the allegations. 

Local outlets reported that the incident occurred at Shishi nightclub on Petitenget Street in Kerobokan on Thursday at around 3:30am. Jennifer was reportedly hanging out by the entrance when she saw a drunken woman being harassed by a group of men. 

The woman’s identity is not yet known but it has been reported that she was a foreigner. 

Concerned, Jennifer decided to approach the men and asked one of them to stop harassing the woman. Another man, reportedly the men’s bodyguard, abruptly verbally threatened Jennifer before proceeding to slap her.

Jennifer, who suffered bruises on her right cheek and jaw, filed a formal complaint the next afternoon to the North Kuta Police.

“We’re still investigating the case and questioning witnesses. Last night (Monday) we already searched the crime scene,” said North Kuta Police Chief Mohammad Amir today.

So far, three witnesses have been questioned, while another one is scheduled for interrogation this afternoon. Amir added that four names have already been identified as alleged perpetrators.  

The allegations caught the attention of the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection.

“We put our trust in the police [to thoroughly investigate the case],” the ministry’s special staffer I Gusti Agung Putri Astrid said.

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