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Pham Anh Khoa removed from UNFPA publicity following sex abuse accusations

Last update: 15:33 | 14/05/2018

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has removed all the images and information relating to its former ambassador Pham Anh Khoa from its Facebook and Website amid the rocker's sex abuse scandal. 


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Rock singer Pham Anh Khoa (right) and dancer Pham Lich in a TV game show



News and photos about Khoa's activities as UNFPA's Ambassador for Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls were all removed on May 11 after several female artists recently accused him of sexual abuse.

A representative from UNFPA Vietnam said that while waiting for the conclusion of an investigation, they had removed the singer's image from their fanpage and website because he was accused of sexual abuse.

"We have done this since last week but then found some left which were all cleared out today," the representative said.

In April, dancer Pham Lich posted a long status on her Facebook account accusing Pham Anh Khoa of soliciting sex during his training time for her in a TV game show. Some days later, another dancer, Nga My, also said that Khoa had called and sent messages to her multiple times asking to come to a hotel or his home at night. 

Most recently, on May 11, an anonymous stylist also shared her story with Zing Newspaper which said that she luckily escaped from a rape from Pham Anh Khoa four years ago during their trip to a music show. 

The young stylist said that although she had to leave work to treat depression for a year as a result of the incident, she intended to keep quiet because Khoa was much more powerful than her and she was afraid no one would believe her story.

"Now I decided to share this story to support Pham Lich and Nga My," the stylist said in an interview with Zing Newspaper last Friday. "Although I don't want to publicise my name, I am willing to talk with Khoa about this."

Pham Anh Khoa first threatened to sue Pham Lich right after she brought the story to light but then made a public apology after the third woman voiced his problems.

Khoa said in a talk show with a representative from the Centre for Studies and Applied Sciences in Gender, Family, Women and Adolescents on May 11 that he was sorry for having badly affected the feelings of those female artists which he understands would result in serious consequences. However, he claimed he didn't know that his actions were 'sexual abuse'.

"I see tapping a colleague on the butt is a normal way of saying hello in showbiz," Khoa said in his explanation which was largely criticised by lots of artists.

His three victims have also said that they did not accept his apology as he did not admit that his words and actions were wrong and he did not mention any of them in his apology. 

Pham Anh Khoa is a well-known Vietnamese rock singer, guitarist, composer and actor, known for his energetic performing style. Anh Khoa has also played an active role in social and charity activities.

Between 2007 and 2010, Khoa was the ambassador of Loreto Fest, an Australian annual charity event for education development. He was the goodwill ambassador for the Soul Nation campaign for primary prevention of gender-based violence in Vietnam funded by UNFPA. 

On the 40th anniversary of co-operation between Vietnam and UNFPA in July 2017, Pham Anh Khoa was appointed UNFPA's Ambassador for Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls.

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