Video – Old man filmed demanding gay sex is arrested

The elderly man who was recorded on video using offensive language to solicit sex from another man. Still taken from Facebook.


THE septuagenarian recorded on camera demanding sex from another man while on the Singapore MRT has been arrested, according to police.

A Channel News Asia report said police received a report on Friday about the man who repeatedly used offensive language to harass his victim, and even violence on another man, whilst making sexual advances.

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The report said the man was nabbed along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 at around 10pm Friday for causing public nuisance and voluntarily causing hurt.

It added the man said to be 70-years-old faces a maximum SGD1,000 (US$715) fine for causing public nuisance and up to two years’ jail or a maximum SGD5,000 (US$3,500) fine or both for the latter offence, should he be convicted.

The incident first came to light when the victim, Joe DeMarini, posted on Facebook a video of the elderly man aggressively harassing him during the train ride.

In the 4:22s video, the man can be heard using vulgarities to solicit sex from DeMarini, claiming the latter had “signaled” him over. The elderly man, likely inebriated, proudly declared himself a homosexual and accused his victim of being one too.

“You’re a f***ing gay. I’m gay also,” he said. DeMarini’s female companion protested the remark, saying it was “very rude”.

The elderly man rebuffed her, however, and continued on his tirade, telling DeMarini, “I want you to f*** me tonight.”

At least two other commuters stepped in to intervene on the situation, resulting at one point in the elderly man reaching out to slap his victim after the latter apparently used a profanity to ward off his advances.

The elderly man also admitted to having consumed “a lot” of alcohol.

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In a posting accompanying the video, DeMarini, who according to his Facebook details hails from the US but lives in in Singapore, explained the incident in greater detail. He said although it should not matter, the man had inaccurately assumed he was homosexual.

He admitted, however, that people often make the same mistake because he doesn’t quite fit the “masculine mold of society”.

“On several occasions around the world, for example, I’ve caught flak for carrying a “man purse.” On a personal level, this is why I need feminism: so I can be confident in myself and not feel like I have to fulfill any gender role assigned to me.

“However, I do appreciate that women probably have to deal with this shit (or at least the threat of it) on a fairly regular basis,” he wrote,

On why he did not fight back, DeMarini said he was afraid the authorities would not see his side of the story, despite having video and photo evidence.

“I am a white immigrant in a country where I do not have citizenship and am a minority,” he said.

He expressed regret that he had been too rattled at the time to thank those who stood up for him and said he wished he could have found a way to diffuse the situation better.

“It’s obviously not my fault but, somehow, a part of me is convinced it was.”

DeMarini’s video of the incident has at the time of writing been viewed more than 1.2 million times.

-Asian Correspondent

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