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A fairy tale gone wrong

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Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Jakarta, Indonesia — The beautiful young socialite slipped the businessman a note scrawled in eyeliner on a crumpled napkin. “Help me,” it pleaded.

She was a teenage Indonesian model who had married a Malaysian prince, but Manohara Odelia Pinot says her life with him was no fairy tale. Press accounts of her allegations of abuse and tales of her escape from an unhappy marriage have captivated this country, and further divided two nations that have long been Southeast Asian rivals.

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