Nayika “Can” Srinian, a 20-year-old member of the Thai idol group BNK48, a sister group of Japan’s all-girl singing ensemble AKB48, has been suspended from duties for one month for breaching her employment contract.
A Facebook user publicly alleged that Nayika had posted a photo in her personal Instagram feed showing her with an unidentified man.
BNK48 members are contractually prohibited from owning an Instagram account and cannot have their pictures taken with other people without permission, lest such images hurt the singing group’s carefully maintained wholesome image.
A committee’s decision to suspend Nayika from all BNK48 activities starting on Tuesday was published on the group’s official Facebook page.
By then, Nayika had already apologised publicly in a short Facebook Live broadcast.
The girl group made headlines late last month when they met Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at Government House to promote the launch of Happy Family Radio FM 105.