A woman who went viral after showing her pale naked backside in a Facebook video to sell whitening cream that “works in hard to reach places” is facing two charges.
Nitthakarn Nunthasuteepat was called to the Consumer Protection Police Division, in Bangkok’s Laksi district, and interrogated this afternoon, after two lawyers contacted the police alerting them to the possibly pornographic and misleading viral Facebook clip, reported Bangkok Post.
The first charge, from Thailand’s Consumer Protection Police, was for mislabeling a product.
Pol. Col. Chanannat Santhawanpat, of the consumer protection police, said Nitthakarn was charged for mislabeling since the product’s label contained few details about what was inside or how it works. She was fined THB3,000 (US$94), according to Khaosod.
The woman has also been charged with a Computer Crime Act misdeed for uploading a pornographic image, but was given bail since she did not pose a flight risk. The investigation into that is ongoing.
The police also asked the Thai Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to analyze the cream for toxic substances and to see if it is making unsubstantiated claims.
The suspect said she has been promoting products online for more than a year to boost sales and inform customers. She also said that her lawyer said she did nothing wrong since she only showed her butt and that the cream she promoted is FDA approved.
She also explained that she is a single mom, supporting herself, her daughter, and her mother.
This afternoon, a Chulalongkorn University biology professor spoke to the media to warn possible customers about the dangers of fast-acting whitening products in light of the viral story.
Dr. Jetsuda Denduangboriphan told Daily News that these creams can be hazardous to users’ health and often contain mercury, a toxic substance. He also warned that, while one might get results initially, they could leave skin spotted later.