Nazril Irham

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Nazril Irham
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Ariel during Indonesian Movie Awards 2010
Background information
Birth nameNazril Irham
Born (1981-09-16) September 16, 1981 (age 38)
OriginLangkat Regency, North Sumatra, Indonesia
GenresPop, rock, pop rock, alternative rock

Nazril Irham, more popularly known as Ariel (born September 16, 1981), is an Indonesian rock star. He is the lead singer of Indonesian band Noah (former name Peterpan).[1] Ariel is of Malay descent from his father's side and Minangkabau from his mother's side.[2] He has appeared in advertisements. He was arrested in 2010 on charges relating to celebrity sex tapes found circulating on the internet after his laptop was stolen.[3][4]

Life and career[edit]

Peterpan (now Noah)[edit]

Ariel formed the bands named Sliver, Cholesterol, and Topi. All broke up in the middle of the road.

Celebrity sex tape scandal[edit]

The Bill against Pornography and Pornoaction came into effect in Indonesia in 2008.[3] In June 2010 Ariel was charged with breaking the law by appearing in two sex videos found on the Internet.[3] Ariel claims the tapes were stolen from his house and posted online without his consent, but the judge said the pop star did nothing to prevent their widespread distribution.[5]

TV presenter Luna Maya and soap opera star Cut Tari denied being the women in the videos.[3] On July 9, 2011, Cut Tari finally admitted to being in one of three sex videos. Her lawyer Hotman Paris Hutapea said her client had confessed to featuring in the video with band lead singer Nazril 'Ariel' Ilham. The confession made as his client did not want to preempt the police's investigation into the case.[6] The sex video prompted an outpouring of criticism from conservative Muslims.[3]

Ariel was held in custody from his arrest until his trial, in Bandung, West Java, which began in November 2010. On 31 January 2011 a guilty verdict resulted in three years in prison.[7] The video could also result in prosecution under a law banning adultery,[8] owing to Cut Tari having been married at the time it was made in 2006.[9] The two women were not charged.[10]

On 31 January 2011, Ariel was sentenced to 3½ years behind bars and fined 250 million rupiah (US$28,000). Prosecutors had asked for a five-year sentence.[11] The maximum sentence possible for the charges was 12 years.[12] On 25 April 2011 the Bandung High Court rejected his appeal.[13] On 23 July 2012, after serving two years in prison, Ariel was released early for good behaviour.[14]

The scandal became a popular topic — known as Ariel Peterporn Tape — on social-networking sites like Facebook and Twitter,[15] causing police to raid internet cafés and school administrators to check students' mobile phones for the sex videos. Communications and Information Technology Minister Tifatul Sembiring engaged in a Twitter debate after suggesting that the possibility of mistaken identity was similar to the Muslim belief that a lookalike of Jesus of Nazareth had been crucified;[16] he stated that the internet could "destroy" the nation.[17]


The Lux brand soap ads featuring Luna Maya were pulled from distribution following the leak of the video allegedly showing her.[8]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tedjasukmana, Jason (June 25, 2010). "Sex Video Scandal and Indonesia's Porn Obsession". TIME magazine. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
  2. ^ Ingin Keluar dari Bayangan Peterpan
  3. ^ a b c d e Vaswani, Karishma (25 June 2010). "Sex tape charges for Indonesian star Nazril Irham". BBC News, Jakarta. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
  4. ^ McPherson, Kate (21 June 2010). "Sex tape stirs Indonesian internet censorship debate". Radio Australia News. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
  5. ^ "Nazril Irham Update: Indonesian Pop Singer Sentenced to 3 1/2 Years in Jail for Sex Tapes". CBS News.
  6. ^ "Cut Tari admits being in sex video". The Jakarta Post. July 9, 2010. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
  7. ^ Martinez, Edecio (June 25, 2010). "Nazril Irham Sex Tape: Indonesian Pop Star Detained Over Sex Tapes". CBS News. Retrieved June 25, 2010.
  8. ^ a b BELFORD, AUBREY (June 13, 2010). "Sex Tape Scandal Fixates Indonesia". New York Times. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
  9. ^ "Islamist Creep in Indonesia". Wall Street Journal. June 24, 2010. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
  10. ^ Indonesia sex tape star goes on trial, BBC News, 22 Nov 2010, accessed 22 November 2010
  11. ^ "Ariel gets 3 years, 6 months in prison". The Jakarta Post. January 31, 2011. Retrieved June 2, 2011.
  12. ^ Indonesia sex tape star is jailed, BBC, 31 January 2011
  13. ^ Suwarni, Yuli Tri (April 26, 2011). "Bandung High Court rejects appeals in Ariel's sex-video case". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved June 2, 2011.
  14. ^ Bellman, Eric (23 July 2012). "Peterpan Star Released from Indonesian Prison After Sex-Tape Scandal". The Wall Street Journal. New York, USA. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  15. ^ "Where NOT to make a sex tape: Pop star faces 12 years in jail for breaking strict obscenity laws in Muslim Indonesia". London: Daily Mail. 23 June 2010. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
  16. ^ Maulia, Erwida (2010-06-19). "Tifatul chided for linking sex tape scandal to crucifixion". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
  17. ^ "Internet a risk to nation, says Indonesian minister". Melbourne: The Age/AFP. June 17, 2010. Retrieved 25 June 2010.