Police report made against lawyer for alleged staff assault

Entertainment lawyer Samuel Seow, 45, who also owns artist management firm Beam Artistes, giving a press conference at his office yesterday, in response to the allegations against him.
Entertainment lawyer Samuel Seow, 45, who also owns artist management firm Beam Artistes, giving a press conference at his office yesterday, in response to the allegations against him.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Lawyer, who also owns artist management firm, said to have caused hurt to 2 ex-workers

A police report has been filed against entertainment lawyer Samuel Seow for alleged physical and verbal assault against two former employees, one of whom is his niece, in separate incidents.

Mr Seow, 45, who has defended celebrities, including actress Michelle Saram, is the managing director of Samuel Seow Law Corporation and the owner of artist management firm Beam Artistes.

In a press conference yesterday , Mr Seow apologised for slapping his niece during a scuffle between them. He said the matter was a family dispute, and that he had acted in his capacity as an uncle and not as an employer.

"I should not have done that, to be honest, and I apologise to my family for that," he said.

He added: "If you put a recording device in any family on a bad day, I don't think all of us would be proud of every single moment."

However, Mr Seow denied all the allegations made by the other former employee over another incident, saying that while he was a strict disciplinarian who shouts, he had never done anything physical towards her.

Mr Seow allegedly threw a metal stapler at the former Beam Artistes employee, cutting her and causing bleeding.

The police report also claimed he bruised her by hitting and pushing her to the ground, threw cold water on her face, and shouted at her: "I will take a knife and kill you."

He is also said to have assaulted his niece, the former legal employee, on April 17 "over some work-related issue".

In a 30-minute audio clip that supposedly recorded the incident at Samuel Seow Law Corporation, screaming and scuffling can be heard.

At one point, another employee can be heard saying: "You pushed me down to the floor."

The police report was filed last Saturday, and The Straits Times understands that the police are investigating a case of voluntarily causing hurt against two people.

The former Beam Artistes employee said she lodged a complaint with the Law Society of Singapore yesterday.

The woman, now unemployed, told The Straits Times that she was especially saddened because she used to consider Mr Seow a friend.

She said Mr Seow shouted on most days, but she did not know why he became angry so often.

"Through this case, I just hope that he can get the help that he really needs," she added.

Mr Seow's niece declined to comment, citing privacy concerns.

In a Facebook post made earlier yesterday, which also denied the accusations, Mr Seow said: "People can say what they want without any care for the truth. There are some very irresponsible and despicable people out there who will take some perverse delight in causing this.

"I am sorry to my family and friends for the worry this will cause. I am OK. Those who know me will know the truth."

A Law Society spokesman declined to comment.

Mr Seow's firm Beam Artistes, which was formed in 2005, also manages the annual male pageant Manhunt.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 17, 2018, with the headline 'Police report made against lawyer for alleged staff assault'. Print Edition | Subscribe