The Singapore model and Playboy cover girl facing drug charges – all about DJ Tenashar
Universal Music DJ faces up to US$29,000 in fines and 20 years in prison after being caught with drugs at Changi Airport. She initially skipped the country, but now awaits trial in Changi Women’s Prison
Debbie Valerie Tenashar Long, better known by her stage name DJ Tenashar, is one of the best-known figures in Singapore’s electronic music scene, and the 32-year-old also often graces the covers of men’s magazines such as FHM.
She became the first Singaporean woman to be featured in the Thai version of Playboy magazine in October 2013. She was also the first Singaporean DJ to make DJ Mag’s list of the world’s top 100 DJs the same month, coming in at No 87.
In 2015, Tenashar signed a major label deal with Universal Music, silencing some critics who had accused her of using her sexuality to promote her craft.
Tenashar’s legal woes emerged in 2016 when it was reported that she and her then-boyfriend Thorsten Nolte, were wanted by Singapore’s Central Narcotics Bureau for not reporting back after they were arrested for drug-related offences the year before. She was given bail, and skipped the country, being seen in Japan and accepting offers to DJ in Europe.
The pair became a couple in February 2015 after Nolte separated from his radio DJ wife, Jamie Yeo.
However, Tenashar denied the reports and even asked a reporter if she was being pranked for an April Fool’s joke.
Tenashar is currently being held at Changi Women’s Prison and appeared in court via video link last Friday, according to a report in The Straits Times. The report said she is facing two counts of drug consumption – one involving cocaine – and one of importing psilocin, a substance found in most psychedelic mushrooms.
Court documents showed that the offences were committed on October 28, 2015, when she was found in possession of two containers – each containing a packet of an off-white and brown substance – at Changi Airport Terminal.
If convicted, Long faces up to 10 years in jail and fine of up to S$20,000 (US$14,700) on each charge of drug consumption. For importing psilocin, she could face a sentence of 20 years in jail.
Bail has been set at S$30,000 and she will return to court on July 18. The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority is also currently looking into a possible animal cruelty related charge against her.