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Out-of-court settlement for former actor and revenue employee

The Bangkok South Criminal Court today arranged an out-of-court settlement between former GMM Grammy actor and TV host Akaranat Ariyaritwikul and a state revenue employee in a traffic case which saw the celebrity beating and forcing him to kneel down and prostrate in front of his scratched Mini Cooper car.

The former TV host, well-known as Nott, came to the court with his mother and lawyer, while disputed party, Kittisak Singto or Boy, a clerk at the Talingchan revenue office, was accompanied by his mother and human rights lawyer Songkan Atchariyasap.

Boy has sought a compensation of around 100,000 baht for medical bills which he had paid for his deformed nose after he was punched on the nose by Nott.

The incident happened on November 4 last year when Boy's motorcycle scratched Nott's Mini Cooper as he drove on a road. Nott was angry after Boy tried to flee the scene.

A video of the incident was posted on the internet and went viral after Nott was seen and heard to beat the motorcycle rider and forced him to kneel and prostrate in front of his scratched car. Following the exposure of the tapes, Nott was fired from GMM Grammy for misbehaving.

The out-of-court settlement was held before the court scheduled the hearing of the case on May 29 for physical assault charge filed against Nott.

No news reporters are allowed to enter the room arranged for the settlement.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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