Tuesday, 05 February 2013 15:41

Singaporean photographer Leslie Kee arrested on obscenity charge

The renowned photographer was arrested in Tokyo yesterday after he allegedly sold books containing obscene photos


Leslie Kee

Tokyo-based Singaporean photographer Leslie Kee was arrested along with three other Japanese men in Japan yesterday on suspicion of selling books containing obscene photos.

The photographer is best known for his cover shoots for popular Japanese trend magazines and has worked with international big names such as Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Big Bang.

According to the Japanese media, Leslie sold seven copies of a photobook – with photos explicitly showing male genitals – to two Japanese men while holding his personal photography exhibition at an art gallery in Tokyo last Saturday. The uncensored photos in Leslie’s photobook are considered a violation of Japanese laws which requires all photos showing male and female genitals to be censored.

The photobook was selling at 6,000 yen (about S$80) each and copies of the photobook were also sold online previously.

The 41-year-old was also investigated by the Japanese police for selling uncensored pornography a year ago.

If convicted of the obscenity charge under the Japanese law, Leslie and the three Japanese men could be jailed up to two years or fined up to 2.5 million yen (about S$33000).

Back in 2006, Leslie who was in charge of a charity photoshoot involving Hong Kong actors Aaron Kwok and Shawn Yue also came under fire when Aaron found out that he was appearing nude in the photos after his swimming trunks were edited away.

When asked about photographer’s arrest, Aaron’s manager declined to comment on the matter and said that he was not aware of what had happened.

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