Scandal hastens Malaysian TV actor’s divorce

November 4th, 2008 - 1:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Kuala Lumpur, Nov 4 (IANS) Being caught in “close proximity” in the middle of the night with a co-star last week has hastened the end of the marriage of popular Malaysian TV actor Norman Hakim.His wife Abby Abadi Monday turned up with divorce papers - accompanied by 20 media persons - at a location where Hakim was shooting for a TV serial playing a local cop.

Media had chased Abadi from the the religious Syriah court where she had gone to file her divorce petition. She could not submit them because they were not complete, The Star said Tuesday.

The six-year marriage had been on the rocks as per media reports. The scandal of being caught with actress Memey Suhaiza, 20, has proved to be the last straw.

Media reports have speculated that Memey was the cause of marital problems of Norman, 33 and Abby, 29.

Norman started crying when his wife of six years handed him the documents and ushered her away to discuss the matter privately.

About 45 minutes later, they spoke to reporters.

Norman was detained early last Thursday by Selangor religious department officers at his office, charging him with khalwat (close proximity) with Memey.

This is a crime under the Islamic law.

When asked whether he would cooperate with Abby, Norman said he was willing to do so provided Memey was given a fair hearing.

This prompted an outburst from Abby, who accused him of not caring for her feelings.

Norman then tried to pacify her, saying that private matters should not be discussed in public, but this prompted another outburst from Abby.

She accused him of lying, effectively cutting short the press conference when Norman walked off muttering that he had nothing else to say about the issue.

He had earlier told reporters he needed time to think things over and hoped to salvage the marriage.

He added that he had not gone home since the incident to prevent quarrels between them as Abby would get riled up whenever he mentioned Memey’s name and accuse him of defending her.

Norman became evasive when asked about the nature of his relationship with Memey, saying: “I have to consider the feelings of others and Abby is still my wife.”

Rumours that their marriage was on the rocks started circulating a few months ago and local entertainment magazines had speculated that Memey was the cause.

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