Sex scandals have somehow become a regular feature in Indonesian society. With hundreds of grainy camera phone sex videos being spread online everyday (they don’t say we’re the social media capital of the world for nothing), a public figure is bound to get in on the action once in a while.
You would think that in conservative Indonesia, where Islam is dominant and appearing pious is important, those involved in sexy scandals would be cast aside and forever shunned by society. But itâ€™s never that clear cut; a sex scandal could either break, or make, oneâ€™s career.
So how do Indonesian celebrities and politicians cope after a sex scandal? Here are some of the biggest sex scandals to ever hit the nation, and how those involved are doing today:
1.Nazril â€œArielâ€ Irham with Luna Maya and Cut Tari
Nazril â€œArielâ€ Irham of the band Peter Pan fame shocked the nation in early 2010 when two sex tapes involving him and two A-list actresses went viral.
No ambiguity here, the two videos undoubtedly show Ariel filming himself in bed, once with Luna Maya and once with Cut Tari.
In January 2011, Ariel was arrested and sentenced to 3-and-a-half years in prison for having a hand in spreading the sex tapes.
Even with Ariel â€˜Peterpornâ€™ locked up, this legendary scandal lived on as the biggest one to ever happen on Indonesian soil.
Ariel was released on conditional terms in July 2013. He revamped his band, changed its name to Noah and enjoyed massive commercial success after his release. He also starred in films and numerous advertisements. Ariel was granted unconditional release in September 2014.
It is rumoured that he will marry his current girlfriend, Sophia Latjuba, in the near future.
As for Luna Maya, a glimpse at her online profile reveals that her career did not slow down after the scandal. She continued to star in numerous films, TV shows, music videos, advertisements and much more after 2010.
Now a single mother to her 7-year-old daughter, Cut Tari spends more of her time raising her child instead of appearing on TV.
2. â€˜PNSâ€™ dangdut star Rinada found herself in legal battle with ex husband after the pairâ€™s sex tape surfaced
Little was known of Rinada the dangdut singer when her sex tape surfaced in August 2014. The sex tape shocked many because the woman in it was wearing uniform of a Bandung civil servant (PNS).
Presumably to avoid a prison sentence for spreading pornography, Rinada quickly accused Yurel of spreading the sex tape without her knowledge.
She claimed that Yurel is solely responsible because he was â€œthe director, actor, editor, and cameramanâ€ of the video.
Though her popularity rose after the scandal, Rinada has not returned to the entertainment world
3. After her nude photos were leaked, teen sinetron star Faby Marcelia marries the man in the photos
Teen sinetron actress Faby Marcelia took several raunchy selfies with her then-boyfriend, sinetron actor Revand Narya, in April 2013.
After the photos were somehow leaked to the public, Faby Marcelia admitted to taking the photos.
After disappearing from the limelight for a while, the two sinetron stars reappeared as man and wife in March 2014.
Apparently, the couple grew tired of media exposure and wed in private, presumably not long after their photos were leaked.
They were also pictured holding their baby boy Gallardo (named after a Lamborghini) who was 4 months old by March.MYNEWSHUB/Jakarta Coconuts