Baim Wong’s latest wrong won’t keep him and his wife Paula Verhoeven away from police questioning, it has been reported, after they posted a distasteful and possibly illegal video.
No stranger to controversy and YouTube pranks, the couple uploaded one of their latest videos on their channel over the weekend. It depicted Paula going to a police station in South Jakarta and meeting with an officer to file a domestic violence complaint against her husband.
Baim then walks into the room and tells the officer that he just got pranked as everybody laughs.
Few actually found the prank funny as both Baim and Paula were soon reported to the police. Under the KUHP (Criminal Code), filing a false police report is a crime punishable by up to one year and four months in prison.
The couple apologized to the police on Monday, with Baim admitting that the video was wholly inappropriate and disrespectful towards law enforcement. He also said that the video was his idea and that Paula had tried to talk him out of it.
Nevertheless, at the very least, they still may have to face police questioning over the video.
“[Baim and Paula] will be summoned to the South Jakarta Metro Police to be questioned about their intentions behind the video. Was there criminal intent, or was it for private or commercial means?” Jakarta Metro Police spokesman Endra Zulpan told reporters today.
“Regarding Baim Wong, we reiterate that it is wrong to file a fake police report. We urge the public not to do this kind of thing, because it’s inappropriate and against the law, especially when it’s done as a joke.”
However, Endra added that the door is open for the police to drop the matter should Baim and Paula show true remorse for their actions.
Given their celebrity status, we’re not holding our breath that they will face criminal charges.
Though Baim and Paula never explicitly established a link in the video, the content was published in the midst of a domestic violence scandal involving dangdut megastar Lesti Kejora and her husband soap actor Rizki Billar.
Lesti last week reported Rizki to the police, claiming that he assaulted her after she found out about his alleged infidelity. One of the latest photos of Lesti showed her wearing a neck brace on a hospital bed.