Indonesian singer Tiga Setia Gara says she’s been abused by husband in the US in viral plea for help video

Indonesian celeb Tiga Setia Gara. Photo: Video screengrab
Indonesian celeb Tiga Setia Gara. Photo: Video screengrab

Indonesian diplomats in the US have been alerted to possible domestic abuse suffered by an Indonesian celebrity in Ohio.

Today, Tiga Setia Gara, a rock singer, actress and author from Indonesia posted a series of troubling videos on Instagram. Looking visibly distressed, Tiga, who has lived in the US since marrying her husband last year, said she has been domestically abused during that time and is now on the run and looking for help.

“To all Indonesians, I want to be honest with you all. The reason why I have a limp is because James (her husband) kicked me in the knee which destroyed my knee, and that’s why I had an operation. I kept it in, I lied to my lawyer, doctors, because I was protecting my man. I don’t want him to be jailed,” Tiga said at the beginning of the video.

“And now we had another fight and he almost hit me. That’s why I called 911. But you know what happened? Police said it was my fault because I’m an immigrant; I’m Asian. Because I looked dramatic, even though I showed them photos of my injuries.”

Tiga also said she had been lying about her depiction of a happy life in the US through her Instagram posts. In one post from August 29, Tiga was photographed after surgery on her ACL, but she did not make any mention of the alleged domestic abuse.

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Hari ini adalah hari pertama gua untuk Psycal Therapy, harus sabar, dan kontrol otak banget, karena kalau enggak, badan gak bisa gerak kalau kepala gak bilang gerak. Well, ACL surgery is make me learn about everything, terutama mengenai Tuhan. Ketika gua sehat, gua berasa gak pernah ada waktu buat merenung, apalagi bersyukur, yang ada malah merasa kekurangan dan komplen terus. Semuanya serasa tidak pernah cukup. Semenjak gua sakit, gua gak bisa tidur enak, lidah pahit, apalagi badan yang biasa serba gerak dan aktif, mendadak menjadi "diam". Gadget, TV, game, musik, semua menjengahkan, saking bosannya mata gua pun jadi sakit! Akhirnya gua menemukan jawaban, satu kata sederhana: Terimakasih. Hal ini gua temukan ketika beberapa hari diam tanpa gadget tanpa hiburan apapun, hanya buku, buku, buku dan buku, ketika duduk di teras sambil memandang langit musim panas yang terik, barulah kata Terimakasih itu hadir. Terimakasih kepada Tuhan, engkau kasih aku kelengkapan, serba kecukupan. Juga terimakasih kepada Mom yang bantu menyembuhkan hati dan pikiran gua dengan bingkisan besar bernama: "Kasih juga Sayang". #blessed #mom #psycaltherapy

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Tiga, who says she’s staying at a hotel in Ohio, then asked those watching to help her get in touch with the Indonesian Embassy because she didn’t know how to do so. She also said that she wants to return to Indonesia because she could no longer bear living in the US.

After Tiga’s video went viral, the Indonesian Consulate General in Chicago (KJRI Chicago), which serves Indonesian citizens in Ohio, posted on Instagram that it has managed to get in touch with Tiga.

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Update 16/9/19, 01:35 dini hari waktu Chicago 1. KJRI Chicago telah berkomunikasi dengan Ibu Tiga Setia Gara. 2. Lokasi Ibu Tiga Setia Gara telah dapat dipastikan yakni di kota Dayton, Ohio. 3. Sejumlah info yang didapat terkait dgn hal ini adalah: a. Ibu Tiga Setia Gara merasa sangat berterima kasih dengan adanya perhatian yang luar biasa dari masyarakat; b. Telah kami sarankan untuk menghubungi Domestic Violence Center di Ohio. Ibu Tiga Setia Gara masih mempertimbangkan karena masih menenangkan diri; c. Pembicaraan berlangsung singkat dan terputus; 4. Saat ini, KJRI masih menunggu untuk dapat kembali berkomunikasi dengan Ibu Tiga Setia Gara, guna memastikan segala langkah tindak lanjut yang dapat diambil, termasuk pendampingan secara langsung. Hal ini untuk memastikan privasi dan kenyamanan beliau tetap kami hargai. 5. Secara khusus, KJRI Chicago telah meminta sejumlah pihak di Dayton, Ohio untuk memberikan perhatian atas hal ini. 6. KJRI Chicago mengapresiasi perhatian masyarakat dan media yang begitu besar terhadap hal ini. Kami akan memberikan update berkala melalui medsos KJRI dalam kesempatan pertama apabila sudah diperoleh kabar lebih lanjut. #kjrichicago @lambe_turah @kbriwashdc

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In the post, KJRI said that the consulate has determined that Tiga is currently in Dayton, Ohio. They have urged Tiga to contact a domestic violence center in the state, but the singer is still weighing that option while she’s calming herself down. 

KJRI added that the consulate will give Tiga the necessary assistance to get her out of the situation she said she has found herself in, and it will call on authorities in Ohio to do their part in protecting her.

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