Indonesian Lawmaker Denies Sex Tape Involvement, Demands That Male Lead Come Forward
Markus Junianto Sihaloho, Farouk Arnaz & Ezra Sihite
An opposition politician has denied being the man featuring in a sex tape circulating on the Internet and says he will sue the owner of the website that was the first to allege he was.
Aria Bima, from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), said he would also report another man to the police should he refuse to admit in public that it was actually him who was in the sex tape.
Aria said that a man he identified as E.G.M. had allegedly told the media that he was the man on the tape, not Aria.
The lawmaker also said that after looking into www.kilikitik.net, which first carried the sex tape and the allegation, the name of E.G.M. popped up as the owner of the website.
Aria demanded E.G.M. come forward and make a public statement clearing his name.
“If not, then I will report him to the police. I will report the owner of www.kilikitik.net, which sullied my good name, because it was that site that first made it public,” he said.
He said the clarification from E.G.M. was important because the case had not only tarnished his reputation, but also that of his political party.
Aria said that besides knowing the female lawmaker allegedly featured in the sex tape, he was also close to her husband and their children.
“My family was clearly shocked. This clarification will be able to ease the psychological impact of the case on my wife and child,” Aria said.
He said he did not know why he was named as the man in the sex tape or why the website came out with it. Some have speculated it has to do with Aria being vocal in refusing the government’s plan to raise the price of subsidized fuel in April.
“I do not see the relation, but it is possible that it is true,” he said. “If analyzed politically, dots could be connected.”
Aria said he was not acquainted with E.G.M. He added that his party had ordered him to not remain silent and to fight for his good name by coming out with a public clarification.
However, he also said that he was ready to face the Ethics Council at the House of Representatives to be questioned about the case.
Sources refusing to be named confirmed to Beritasatu.com, an online portal that is a sister company of the Jakarta Globe, that the man on the video was E.G.M.
E.G.M., a management consultant, was quoted by the sources as having said the video was made with a MacBook Pro in a VIP guesthouse in the West Kalimantan governor’s office. E.G.M. allegedly told a source that at the time the video was taken, he and the woman were involved in a business venture as well as romantically, but that they had since broken up.
Roy Suryo, a lawmaker from the ruling Democratic Party who is also an IT expert, said the woman in the sex tape shared an uncanny resemblance with PDI-P lawmaker K.M.N., who also happens to be the daughter of the West Kalimantan governor.
Neither E.G.M. nor K.M.N. answered phone calls or replied to e-mails sent to them.
National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Boy Rafli Amar said that the police had already launched an investigation.