A Cambodian property tycoon accused of assaulting a well-known actress has appeared in court after she posted a video of the attack online. CCTV footage emerged earlier this month of an assault on the actress Ek Socheata, better known as SaSa, at a restaurant in the capital Phnom Penh. Sok Bun, 37, returned to Cambodia from Singapore, where he had fled.
Violence against women is commonplace in Cambodia but public exposure of this attack has sparked outrage. After his arrest at Phnom Penh’s airport, Sok Bun faces charges of violence and intentionally causing injury. On Thursday, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen called for Sok Bun’s arrest.”Don’t think that because you have money you can escape,” Hun Sen said. “What you have done is intolerable.”
The footage shows SaSa being dragged off a chair and on to the floor at a Japanese restaurant. She is then kicked in the head, and when she tries to get up, she is punched and stamped on over the course of a minute. At one point, a bodyguard draws a gun and points it at her head as the attack continues. It ends when a restaurant worker pulls the attacker away.