Amos Yee's bailor Vincent Law demands 'unreserved apology' for molestation claim

Family and youth counsellor Vincent Law (left) is demanding an "unreserved apology" from Amos Yee (right) after the teenage blogger claimed he had molested him. -- PHOTOS: THE NEW PAPER, WONG KWAI CHOW
Family and youth counsellor Vincent Law (left) is demanding an "unreserved apology" from Amos Yee (right) after the teenage blogger claimed he had molested him. -- PHOTOS: THE NEW PAPER, WONG KWAI CHOW

SINGAPORE - Family and youth counsellor Vincent Law is demanding an "unreserved apology" from Amos Yee after the teenage blogger claimed he had molested him.

Mr Law, 51 - who initially posted bail of $20,000 for the teenager last month - said he has told Yee's parents that he wants the 16-year-old to apologise publicly and fully retract the allegation, otherwise he would "take legal action" for defamation.

Yee had posted on Facebook on Wednesday that if reporters met with him outside Pasir Panjang MRT station between 3pm and 4pm, he would "reveal that little tidbit of information on how (his) ex-bailor, Vincent Law, molested (him)".

The teenager did not show up. In another Facebook post later that night, he admitted that the earlier post was "a troll" to trick the media, and added: "Vincent Law didn't really molest me, haha. Though he is immensely creepy."

Mr Law told political website The Online Citizen (TOC) that he found Yee's clarification to be insincere and that it does not fully absolve him from the allegation of molest.

"It is not me who Amos hurt with his allegation, but it is my whole family who was deeply hurt," TOC reported him as saying.

Yee was found guilty on Tuesday of uploading an obscene image and making remarks intending to hurt the feelings of Christians, after a two-day trial last week.

Mr Law had stepped up to bail him out after his parents refused to do so, but discharged his responsibilities after Yee breached the conditions of his bail.

Yee will be sentenced on June 2, pending the outcome of a probation report.

On Tuesday, the court reduced the bail sum to $10,000, with no conditions attached. The previous bail amount was $30,000 and as part of his bail terms, Yee was not allowed to post anything online.

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