It has been a busy weekend for local YouTubers Yang Bao Bei (Kalysta, 杨宝贝) and Lim Shangjin (林尚进). Last week on 17th June, YBB lodged a police report that got Lim arrested.
As you may know, YBB has been threatening to expose Lim for a while now, after claiming that he sexually harassed her. The two YouTubers have been continuing their dispute over the weekend, with another social media influencer claiming to have been dragged into the mess.
According to Lim’s lawyers, the entire fiasco started when Lim sent a legal letter to YBB and influencer Seow Chau Pen (刘少品), better known as Sunny Coco. The duo had apparently posted videos about Lim on YouTube which led to him using legal means to get them to take it down. YBB admitted that the letters were the last straw. She had initially decided to focus on her new job, but could not stand to see her friend get slandered. “Before (this), (Lim) asked me to record and upload (the) videos publicly,” she said. “I think he’s contradicting himself.” During their public arguments over Instagram, YBB had threatened to release videos proving Lim’s sexual harassment. Lim has permitted her several times to reveal the videos.
Influencer Sunny Coco also stepped in to explain his side of the situation. The Johor-born influencer stated he and YBB had discussed her allegations against Lim during a Facebook video. During the video, Sunny had used a slipper to tap photos of Lim on a screen. Lim had constituted this as a threat which led to him sending the letter. Although Sunny and YBB were supposed to report the incident to the police together, YBB made the first move on her own. Sunny added that he would pay for the attorney fees and YBB would gather evidence and witnesses.
The Johor-born influencer has made it clear that he would not give in to the letter sent by Lim. “Lim quarrelled with YBB, it was their own business. I merely tried to (persuade) them as a third party, but they have dragged me in,” he said. Sunny’s lawyer said his actions and remarks against Lim could not be constituted as slander. Sunny remains firm in his opinion that it was just a joke. He did however, apologise to Lim on 20th June after his viewers asked him to. Sunny stated he will not be interfering in the matter anymore as the case has entered judicial proceedings.
Lim was detained by the police on 17th June, but released the following day after recording his statement. It was declared then that Lim would be suing YBB to clear his name. He presented a confident front about the whole matter. Lim is sure he is in the clear and stated he did not do any immoral acts. The entertainment company Asia Momentum Media (AMM) will be supporting Lim throughout the case.
With the announcement of Lim’s counter-report, YBB doesn’t think she has a chance against him. However, she will continue on as she believes in standing up for herself. The YouTuber took the chance to explain the incident she had reported to the police on 20th June via Instagram. According to her, Lim had entered her room believing she was about to commit suicide. However, she had been lying naked in bed, claiming it was the only way she could sleep. Lim had climbed into bed with her and hugged her without consent. “If he hadn’t gotten under my blanket, I would really thank him,” she said. She hadn’t reported him then because they were still friends, however their relationship worsened after her scams were exposed.
YBB has just finished paying off the aftermath of her frauds. Although her 6-year relationship with Lim cannot be salvaged, YBB said she will press on. “I tried my best, and even if the lawsuit is lost, my words will not change,” she said. YBB made it clear that the public may not believe her, but this was her final response to the entire matter.
Watch Sunny Coco’s apology here: