News: Rihanna Sparks Mayhem After Law-Breaking Bikini Pics, Police Make Arrests

Sunday, Sep 22, 2013 8:38PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning singer Rihanna is causing chaos overseas this weekend after the release of a slew of inappropriate photos during a stay in Thailand.

Buzz behind the exotic mayhem RiRi sparked surfaced online Sunday (September 22).

Pop star Rihanna spent a weekend at the beach in Thailand, leaving behind a trail of racy tweets and incriminating Instagram photographs that led police to arrest two people for allegedly peddling protected primates. On a break from her Diamonds World Tour, Rihanna stopped in Thailand to visit the island of Phuket, where she befriended some local wildlife. She posted a link on Twitter to an Instagram photo that showed her in sunglasses snuggling up to a furry primate called the slow loris, and tweeted Friday: "Look who was talkin dirty to me!" The slow loris, a squirrel-like animal with big eyes, is native to Southeast Asia and is listed as a protected species. (The Big Story)

The singer's decision to post up specific pics resulted in arrests being made.

"Phuket authorities were alerted to the picture (of Rihanna), and last night police arrested the two individuals who brought out the loris as a photo opportunity for tourists," a Phuket district chief, Weera Kerdsirimongkon, said by telephone Sunday. Police confiscated two lorises from the pair -- a 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy -- who could face charges of possession of protected animals. The charge carries a penalty of up to four years in prison and a 40,000 baht ($1,300) fine. Weera said authorities have tried for years to crack down on the problem of vendors exploiting wildlife, particularly in popular tourist areas where people pay to pose for pictures with elephants, orangutans and other animals. "It's like a cat-and-mouse game. But this time it's bigger because a celebrity like Rihanna posted the picture, and there were more than 200,000 'likes' from around the world," he said. (The Big Story)

Last month, buzz mounted after RiRi and New York rapper A$AP Rocky reportedly shared a few intimate moments in the Big Apple.

Rihanna got up close with A$AP Rocky on set of a music video in New York on Wednesday night. It's unknown exactly what they were shooting, but the two were spotted getting cozy on and off camera. According to photographers on set, they shared a cigarette and were seen making out at one point. Rocky was also joined on set by his A$AP Mob brothers A$AP Ferg and A$AP Illz. RiRi wore a floor-length zebra-print dress and changed into Timberlands while getting flirty with her co-star. RiRi and Rocky shared the stage at the 2012 VMAs and he opened for her on the U.S. leg of her "Diamonds World Tour." (Rap-Up)

Rocky eventually denied they were doing anything business-related and suggested spectators had jumped the gun on the dating rumors.

"Nah, we weren't filming no video, we were just chillin,' " Lord Flacko told MTV News of the August 15 photos, despite the presence of cameras, lighting equipment and plenty of extras on what appears to be a video set. Rocky denied rumors of any romance, saying, "People crazy. You know people say a lot." A$AP has been dating supermodel Chanel Iman -- the couple even rode the subway home from Sunday's VMAs in Brooklyn -- yet even that hasn't stopped the speculation. (MTV)

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