Charles Yeo launches NFTs to raise legal funds

Three of 660 images in Charles Yeo’s NFT collection. Images: OpenSea
Three of 660 images in Charles Yeo’s NFT collection. Images: OpenSea

An opposition pol who gained stardom for his eccentric performance in the 2020 elections is now minting an NFT career.

In a bid to raise S$200,000 to pay legal fees stemming from charges he degraded homophobic Christians among others, Charles Yeo yesterday released 660 simplistic NFTs. 

“I am appealing for your help if you feel that I did not do anything wrong other than speak up for just causes which threaten the [People’s Action Party’s] grip of power,” he wrote late last night.

Sticking to his brand as a meme generator, the collection all consists of 2D, meme-style images. Most featured his face with messages like “Fugly and unfappable,” “Tyrant of love” and “Anti-fascist super saiyan.”

So far, the collection has been traded by seven users and was valued at US$51.54 (S$70) as of this morning. Yeo wrote early this morning saying that 1% of the collection has been sold.

The former chairman of Reform Party in January was charged with six counts for calling a police officer in November 2020 a “pathetic coward and collaborator with an authoritarian regime” who should be “tortured before execution” in social media posts, and slinging insults at “radical and dogmatic” homophobic Christians. 

The 31-year-old was also arrested in January and is facing investigation for alleged forgery at his law firm Whitefield Law Corp., where he works as a criminal defense lawyer. Police said this was based on reports from the firm’s clients. He was freed on a S$35,000 bond.

As a result, Yeo’s party announced he was stepping aside temporarily. 

Yeo said those issues, plus other personal legal troubles relating to his representation of two defendants in death penalty cases “easily” add up to around S$150,000 to S$200,000.

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