The more popular you become, the more people are waiting for you to trip up and do something wrong, and the more eyes are on you when you do so. Media blows up any semblance of wrongdoing on the part of celebrities, and while it is sometimes well deserved, sometimes it can get a little out of hand. And in a country like Thailand with strict censorship laws, a wrong slip by a star can be catastrophic for them. Here are the Top 10 Times Thai Stars Got In Trouble With The Law.
1. Thanayuth Na Ayutthaya
Thanayuth Na Ayutthaya is a member of the prominent Thai rap group Eleven Fingers and has created several masterpieces that fans adore. This rapper recently got into big trouble with the law when he decided to create music that spoke against dictatorship. This move got Thanayuth and several other rappers jail time.
2. Thanapat Thanachanakulpisan
Thanapat, better known to the masses as Toy, was a famous actor in several Thai lakorns. Toy was declared guilty of brutally murdering his girlfriend by stabbing her 20 times in a fit of rage. He claimed that he was drunk and trying to protect her from stabbing herself but later admitted to the crime.
3. Dechatorn Bamroongmuang
Dechatorn Bamroongmuang is a celebrated Thai rapper known to the masses by his alias, HockHacker. Dechatorn was recently arrested during a crackdown that occurred in Thailand where he and several other rappers were found guilty of promoting pro-democracy protests and unrest through his music and rap.
4. Chai-Amorn Kaewwiboonpan
Chai-amorn Kaewwiboonpan, better known to fans as Ammy, is a famous musician and activist against the monarchial dictatorship. Ammy came under fire and was arrested for disrespecting the Crown and government after he burned down a painting of the liege King Maha Vajiralongkorn.
5. Danupa "Milli" Khanatheerakul
Danupa Khanatheerakul is a budding Thai rapper who is 19 years old. Better known to masses as Milli, she recently was fined an amount of 2,000 baht for remarking on the government's poor way of handling the pandemic and Covid-19 relief, which was marked under the lese majeste law.
6. Yuthlert Sippapak
Yuthlert Sippapak is a celebrated Thai director known for his comedy film Killer Tattoo. Yutthalert is facing charges for having defamed the Crown and government under the lese majeste law in Thailand. This new law seeks to curb attempts to "confuse the public" and "promote unrest".
7. Intira Charoenpura
Intira Charoenpura is a famous Thai actress from a family of talents, her sister Mai also being a famous singer and star. Intira supported and aided pro-democracy protesters and provided them with food and supplies, for which she was found guilty and faced charges under the lese majeste law.
8. Napapa Tantrakul
Napapa Tantrakul, better known as Patt, is a Thai actress seen in Thong Ek Mhorya Tha Chalong and other dramas. Patt faced charges of money laundering when a crackdown on her husband who was associated with a Lao drug cartel revealed 30 million THB left unaccounted in her bank.
9. Wanchaleom Jamneanphol
Wanchaleom Jamneanphol is a Thai YouTuber and reputed presenter who came under fire by the lese majeste law. Wanchaleom mocked and made fun of a Miss Universe contestant's blue gown which was designed by the Thai King's daughter, esteemed Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana.
10. Patcharporn Chantarapadit
Patcharporn Chantarapadit is a celebrated Thai model who was crowned Miss Grand Thailand in 2020. It seems this privilege does not seem to apply to her in real life as she was fined and charged for speaking out against the government's handling of the pandemic under the lese majeste law.