Actress Rui En assisting in accident probe

Above: Rui En at last year's Star Awards. Left: Rui En (far left) in front of the black BMW. In the foreground is the motorcycle that was knocked over. A spokesman apologised on her behalf, saying she had no intention of running away from responsibil
Above: Rui En (left) in front of the black BMW. In the foreground is the motorcycle that was knocked over. A spokesman apologised on her behalf, saying she had no intention of running away from responsibility.PHOTOS: LIANHE WANBAO READER
Above: Rui En at last year's Star Awards. Left: Rui En (far left) in front of the black BMW. In the foreground is the motorcycle that was knocked over. A spokesman apologised on her behalf, saying she had no intention of running away from responsibil
Above: Rui En at last year's Star Awards.PHOTOS: LIANHE WANBAO READER
Mr Bahrom said he saw a black BMW knock over his motorbike, and he rushed over to stop it from moving off.
Mr Bahrom said he saw a black BMW knock over his motorbike, and he rushed over to stop it from moving off.

Her car knocked over parked motorcycle in carpark; owner says she tried to drive away

Television actress Rui En is assisting in the investigation of an incident in which she knocked over a parked motorcycle at a carpark in Clementi.

The incident occurred on Tuesday at about 4pm, in front of Block 332 in Clementi Avenue 2.

Rui En's artist manager confirmed that the Channel 8 star was returning home when it happened.

The spokesman for the actress apologised on her behalf, saying the accident was "due to some misjudgment" and that "the carpark is where she parks her vehicle every day over many years and she had no intentions of ignoring or even running away from her responsibility".

Mr Bahrom Sarmiten, the 52-year-old owner of the motorcycle, told Chinese daily Lianhe Wanbao he was walking to the carpark when he saw a black BMW knocking over his bike.

The car seemed out of control and was driven up a kerb.

"I didn't want her to run away, so I quickly rushed to stop it. I also knocked on the window and told her not to move," he said.

The actress was merely trying to park her car where she would not be blocking traffic, her spokesman said. "Understandably, the owner of the motorcycle was upset and, unfortunately, her intentions to position her vehicle in a safe area were mistaken."

Mr Bahrom told Wanbao the female driver asked: "Do you know who I am?"

He said: "I really didn't know who she was. But I thought, even if she's a minister's daughter, I don't care."

Later, a passer-by told him she was a famous local actress.

Witnesses told Wanbao that the police arrived at the scene and the actress was taken away.

The Mediacorp actress, whose full name is Lu Rui En, will be receiving the "All Time Favourite Artiste" award at this year's Star Awards, to be held on Sunday and the following Sunday, after winning the "Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste" award 10 times. She has also been nominated for the Best Actress award.

Fans of Rui En expressed disbelief at the incident.

One of them, 23-year-old Mervin Yap, said: "I do not believe Rui En would do such things."

The university student, who has watched all her shows on TV, added: "If she really did it, she is someone who would own up and apologise."

•Additional reporting by Foong Woei Wan and Gwendolyn Ng

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 14, 2016, with the headline 'Actress Rui En assisting in accident probe'. Print Edition | Subscribe