Marital dispute laid bare after late-night fracasThe Jakarta Post
As national media give up-to-the-minute reports on the health condition of former president Soeharto, gossip rags and infotainment TV shows are feasting on a juicy piece of gossip involving one of his son's marital troubles.
Businessman Bambang Trihatmodjo's wife Halimah, accompanied by two of her children, allegedly attacked the home of singer Mayangsari late Sunday in the exclusive Simprug area of South Jakarta.
Gossip columnists had long speculated on the relationship of Mayangsari and Bambang before compromising photographs reportedly showing the two were published in magazines and distributed over the Internet late last year. Mayangsari gave birth to a daughter by Bambang two months ago.
Eyewitnesses said Halimah arrived at the home at 11:30 p.m. with her son, daughter and four bodyguards and insisted to be let inside after seeing her husband's car parked outside.
They then attempted to ram the gate with their vehicle, and someone from the group reportedly threw bottles at the house and broke several front windowpanes.
Witnesses said that the incident lasted for half an hour.
"We have sent a summons to Halimah, her son and daughter as well as the four guards participating in the vandalism," said Sr. Comr. Williardi Wizard of the South Jakarta Police.
Soeharto family members refused comment on the incident as they accompanied their father at Pertamina Hospital in South Jakarta.
On Monday, infotainment shows broadcast footage of Halimah leaving Pertamina Hospital on Sunday after she visited her father-in-law on the eighth anniversary of his stepping down from power. She replied curtly to reporters as she got into her car.
Some have speculated Halimah is planning to divorce Bambang.
As well as their extensive business dealings, the six Soeharto children were the subject of extensive gossip about reported affairs, feuds and material excesses during their father's 32-year rule.
However, in the days when the media was tightly controlled and before the proliferation of the gossip media, most of the stories remained hearsay. (06)