Celebrity lawyer Hotman Paris Hutapea, now representing Manohara Odelia Pinot, said on Monday that they would file a criminal case with the Indonesian police. The Indonesian-American teenager has claimed abuse by her Malaysian prince husband.
“We will visit the National police headquarters [today],” Hutapea told a press conference.
“This afternoon, my client was already checked by Dr. Abdul Munim Idris. We have evidence of torture.”
The lawyer was accompanied by Manohara and Dr. Munim at the press conference.
The checkup was not part of the police investigation, but was initiated by Manohara’s legal team to provide evidence for the police complaint, Hotman said.
“What Dr. Munim did is also meant to convince journalists,” Hotman said, referring to media reports that alleged Manohara fabricated her story after she disappeared from her rented home in Jakarta, prompting her previous lawyer, Otto Cornelius Kaligis, to resign.
Dr. Munim said that after a thorough checkup, he found injection marks on Mahohara’s back and cuts on her chest, back and hips. “They are classified as second degree wounds,” he said, without elaborating.
Manohara, who arrived in Jakarta on May 31 after she sought the help of the police in Singapore, has earlier claimed that staff of the Malaysian royal family injected her with drugs during at least two occasions that made her vomit blood.
She said she had been forced to marry Tengku Temenggong Mohamad Fakhry, a prince of Kelantan, in August.
“I was invited to Malaysia by the [Kelantan] royal family and forced to marry him, or I would lose my head,” she said during the press conference.
“I was told never to try to leave [Malaysia] because there is no chance. I have paid your family and government,” she quoted the prince as having told her.
Hutapea dismissed allegations that Manohara’s mother sold her to the prince. “The dowry was only 50,000 ringgit, equivalent to just Rp 150 million. It’s not true that her mother sold her,” the lawyer said.
Manohara was only 16 at the time of her wedding and her American father was said to have disapproved of the marriage.
The seemingly blissful life of a Malaysian princess soon became a living hell, Manohara said, as she was constantly guarded and spent most of her time in her bedroom in the palace.
Hotman, a jewelry-sporting, self-professed playboy who drives a Ferrari and reportedly carries a gun, is no stranger to high-profile cases and clients.