Thai star Baitoey apologized for the recent Thaksin controversy, but her record label R-Siam defended its decision to allow the artist to perform at parties organized by the former prime minister and fugitive.
According to a Bangkok Post report. Last week the famous Thai singer and actress, who is known for her sexy dancing and trademark micro-shorts, told the media that she had performed for Mr. Thaksin twice, once in Hong Kong and once in Singapore, and was paid 500,000 for each show.
She said, “I want people to see that I take responsibility in my job. We didn’t do anything immoral. My work and personal life are separate”.
Following her interview, the label was criticized for allowing its artists to perform for the fugitive ex-premier.
But R-Siam’s managing director Soopachai Nillawan said it was normal policy for the company to allow artists to perform for paying clients and Baitoey was hired legally. He added that R-Siam is politically neutral.
Mr. Soopachai, speaking at a press conference with Baitoey, said her dining with Thaksin after the show was a matter of etiquette and part of the job.
He declined comment when asked if artists from other record companies had been hired by Thaksin, and said he had instructed Baitoey and other artists under the label to exercise caution when speaking about people during media interviews.
Baitoey cried during the press conference, apologizing to all parties affected by her interview, and saying she would be more careful and seek “more knowledge” before making such comments again. Image/Post Today photo/BangkokPost.com
This video clip of Thai star Baitoey press conference was posted on YouTube by Super Banterng.