Many were shocked when Sultan Muhammad V’s Singaporean lawyer claimed that the Malaysian king may not be the father of Rihana Oksana’s 2-month-old son, Tengku Ismail Leon.
“There is no objective evidence as yet as to the biological father of the child,” lawyer Koh Tien Hua told Singapore media in a letter, representing the Sultan.
According to Rihana’s close friend Liliya Nastaeva, 32, the claim seems to have ticked off the former Russian beauty queen who is now demanding a public apology from the former Malaysian ruler.
“What nonsense. We are very sorry that his royal, though former, highness chose such a talkative and unprofessional lawyer. All people close to Oksana – her parents, friends, family – are waiting for a public apology from him,” Liliya told MSN.
“And if (the former king) has some suspicions, then he can always do a DNA test. Oksana, for her part, is ready for this – I can tell you as I am her closest friend.”
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“If Oksana had ever shown the face of a child, no one would have any doubts, because father and son share one face,” she added.
Meanwhile, Rihana’s lawyer from Russia Evgeny Tarlo, who is a former Russian senator, told MailOnline that the fatherhood claims were “lies” and a “vulgar stupidity”.
“I do not know who Mr Koh Tien Hua is, and by what right is he commenting on the personal life of Oksana Voevodina. He must show his credentials,” he said.
Tarlo also insisted that there had been no divorce despite the widespread claims, and Rihana remains married to the king. “There was no divorce, I tell you with all responsibility,” he said. “As for paternity, what is there to comment on? It is they who must prove that the child is a stranger, and it is not for us to justify ourselves.”
“Oksana is a married woman, and Faris (the ex-king) is the father of her child. It is immutable,” he continued.
Despite Rihana’s postings on Instagram and her lawyer’s statement, the Palace of Kelantan has vehemently denied most of her claims. The public are advised to not believe everything they read on social media and take it with a grain of salt.