Edison Chen 2008 Sex Scandal Timeslot – Naked Video Rocks Hong Kong

Edison Chen 2008 Sex Scandal Timeslot – Naked Video Rocks Hong Kong

Updated news on the Edison Chen Sex Photo Scandal of 2008.

Timeline : (credits: AsiaOne and Batgwa)

27 Jan – 8.30 pm
Sex photos of Edison Chen and Gillian Chung posted on the adult content section of an online forum.

28 Jan – 3.00 pm
An intimate photo of Edison Chan and ex-girlfriend Bobo Chan uploaded.

28 Jan – 9.00 pm
Edison issues statement through his lawyer, stating that the photos were part of a prank, but did not state whether the photos were authentic or if they were fakes.
29 Jan – 12.30 am
The scandal continues as a photo of Cecilia Chung clad in a skimpy top and looking sexually aroused was uploaded.

29 Jan – 2.00 pm
A netizen by the name of -Edison Chen- uploads a series of photos depicting Edison and Gillian performing a number of sex acts.

29 Jan – 4.00 pm
Gillian Chung‘s company Emperor Entertainment issues a second statement stating that the photos were fake and were product of digital manipulation.

29 Jan – 5.30 pm
Cecilia Chung issued a statement through her lawyer stating that she has made a police report regarding the uploaded photos.

29 Jan – 6.00 pm
A nude photo of Cecilia Chung appears on the web.

29 Jan – 8.00 pm
Edison Chen’s manager spoke through an EEG Music spokesman saying that the actor has made a police report.

30 Jan – 1.30 am
Two photos depicting Cecilia Chung in a police uniform are circulated online.

30 Jan – 10.00 pm
Two more sex photos of Cecilia Chung are uploaded.

4 Feb
Hong Kong police said they have arrested a man they believe was the first person to post a series of racy photos showing partially nude celebrities on the Internet.

4 Feb
Edison said he was sorry about sex photos

5 Feb
More obscene photos hit the Net.

6 Feb
More Pics posted online

7 Feb
Edison Dumped from the movie ‘JUMP’

7 Feb
Dozen more photos leaked onto the net

8 Feb
A few pictures of Jolin Tsai and Maggie Q leaked onto the net

9 Feb
Vincy Yeung nude pictures were posted on the web

9 Feb
New ‘Edison and Bobo’ sex photos posted on the web

10 Feb
Edison Chen dumped by Manhattan Titanium, a credit card company

10 Feb
Gillian Chung first public appearance. “I am sorry”

Edison Chen & Gillian Chung Sex Scandal Picture is Real

Photos purportedly showing a Hong Kong actor partially nude with several starlets were copied from his computer when it was serviced last year.

Later distributed over the Internet, a newspaper reported on Monday.

The photographs, seemingly of actor and singer Edison Chen in bed with singer Gillian Chung, along with suggestive images of actress Cecilia Cheung, were recently posted online.

It sparks a media frenzy in the celebrity-mad former British colony.

While Gillian Chung’s company, Emperor Entertainment Group, initially said the photograph of the normally squeaky-clean star was a digital fake, recent media reports have suggested otherwise.

Hong Kong’s Ming Pao newspaper reported that Edison Chen, 27, had the images copied from his faulty personal computer last year, when he took it for servicing.

“A person in the shop found hidden inside (Chen’s) computer, confidential nude pictures of naked female stars, which were then secretly copied,” Ming Pao reported, quoting an anonymous source.

The computer shop was subsequently raided by police officers in a widening investigation across the territory, which has led to eight arrests for infringing obscene material laws, and the seizure of hundreds of other explicit images, many unpublished.

In a statement on his blog (www.clotinc.com/blogs/public/edc) over the weekend, Edison Chen criticized some of the recent media coverage.

“I would like for u (sic) to respect the situation that everyone is in and report the truth to the fullest.”

He didn’t clarify whether the images had been faked or stolen, but his manager said Edison Chen would co-operate with the police investigation.

Hong Kong’s police commissioner, Tang King Shing, said the case was being treated seriously and warned the possession and distribution of such images might be illegal.

But Internet users and activists have since challenged this position, saying the police were being overly harsh.

source : asianfanatics

Latest:

In the latest video released yesterday, Edison apologised to all the victims who’ve been “been affected by this strange, strange ordeal” and urged viewers in possession of those pictures to “please destroy them immediately”. (And if you’re wondering why Edison’s speaking in English, he’s Canadian).

Popular actor and singer Edison Chen has apologised after images appearing to show the Hong Kong star partially nude in the company of several starlets leaked onto the internet.In a video statement Chen, 27, called the postings of the photographs “intentionally hurtful and malicious”.”I hereby use this opportunity to apologise to anyone who has been affected by this strange, strange ordeal,” Chen said.Police believe the images were copied from Chen’s computer when it was serviced last year.

“If you ever downloaded any of these images, please do not forward them to anyone … If you are still in possession of these images, I urge you to please destroy them immediately,” a subdued-looking Chen added in the video.

The photographs, which appear to show Chen in bed with singer Gillian Chung, along with suggestive images of actress Cecilia Cheung, were recently posted online, sparking a media frenzy in the celebrity-mad former British colony.

Hong Kong police said some 1300 private shots of celebrities had been stolen from a faulty personal computer.

Gillian Chung & Edison Chen Scandal 13 Feb Round-up

Following are news round-up of Edison Chen, Gillian Chung, Cecilia Cheung, Bobo Chan, Maggie Q and several other’s Hong Kong sex scandal for 13th February 2008.

The news contain in this post are as follows:

Netizen Public Response to Gillian Chung Press Conference
Hongkong star Edison Chen in suicide bid claim
Edison Chen to Face Media This Week
Gillian Chung Statement vs Edison Chen Attempt for Sympathy
Netizen Public Response to Gillian Chung Press Conference

For the first time since the Edison Chen photographs appeared on the Internet, Gillian Chung made a public appearance before the press. She made a statement but did not take any questions.

Gillian Chung began by saying Happy New Year to those present. She said that this incident has caused great distress and hurt to herself and those around her.

She admitted to being very naïve and very stupid before, but she has now grown up. She expressed her gratitude towards the company, her family and her friends for their concern and support.

She apologized for the effect of the affair on society at large. In the future, she will continue to work hard and live actively. Finally, she thanked the media for their concern and the fans who never abandoned her.

Did anyone coach her on the script? How can she say that she had been “very naïve, very stupid” (很天真,很傻) before? This phrase is likely to become the second Internet pop phrase of the year.

She can use any other words to express the same idea, but not with two “very’s.” This is because the first Internet pop phrase of the year was the now famous “Very Yellow, Very Violent”. How can anyone fail to draw that analogy?

The Internet forum response has been quite negative. Throughout her statement, there was no description of what the affair was about.

The netizens did not take kindly towards her description of being “very naïve, very stupid.”

People pointed to the KY jelly in the background of one of her photographs and asked: “If she had been ‘very naïve, very stupid’ at the time when she was using KY jelly in a hotel room, then what is she doing now that she has grown up?”

Why is the Internet forum public so hostile towards Gillian Chung this time? When photographs of her changing in the dressing room appeared in EasyFinder magazine in August 2006, the public was overwhelmingly on her side.

But the tide appeared to have swung the other way around. One reason was that her company Emperor Entertainment Group had claimed initially that the photographs were computer modifications.

When more photographs appeared, EEG went silent and refused to comment on the grounds that there was an ongoing police investigation.

Even at today’s press conference, EEG stated that the company and all its artistes will decline comment in the future in the interest of not causing more social harm.

The Internet forum users consider Gillian Chung and EEG evasive.

The more significant reason is captured in this comment by the Those Were The Days blogger:

The privacy of an artiste is clearly different from that of a public servant. The private life of a public servant may affect his job performance.

For example, when a politician cheats on his wife, the public may begin to doubt his character.

Therefore, the public and the media have cause to be concerned about the private lives of public figures.

Meanwhile, the artistes only have to be concerned about their singing and acting, because their private lives do not affect their job performance.

The public and the media should not be exposing and judging the private lives of artistes.

That might be correct in general, but things are different in Hong Kong.

European and American artistes are selling their singing/acting abilities and not their moral conduct and character. I have not seen any European and American artistes who would leverage positions on pre-marital sex, chastity and multiple sex partners to package their images.

European and American artistes, especially those in rock ‘n roll music, are notorious for being licentious and involved in drug abuse.

But they don’t need to disguise that because they are selling their singing and not any saintly image.

In the Hong Kong entertainment industry, some artistes have become upholders of morality.

They criticize the media for being very yellow and very violent; they preach morality; they say that this or that magazine should not have published something or the other because corrupts young people; they describe themselves as clean, self-respecting and pure beyond belief.

In recent years, the government likes to appoint these artistes as their youth ambassadors on account of their influence among young people.

So these artistes are happily shaking hands with Donald Tsang or participating in a national day gala festival in Beijing.

Do they realize that they are longer just artistes anymore? If they want to be pure artistes, then they should not be staking out moral positions, or acting as government spokespersons, or engaging in politics.

If they do so, they must be prepared to sacrifice their privacy and restrict their own private lives because they are now public figures.

For example, if an American movie star supports the Republican Party, then the fact that she once had an abortion cannot be just waved away as a “private matter.”

In this affair, the citizens and netizens are reacting strongly because certain artistes have been behaving as more than artistes.

They are using every means to criticize any negative information and reports about them.

They are setting themselves at the highest moral point in order to criticize everybody else as immoral. Why else would the citizens and netizens call the artistes (藝人) as fake people (偽人)?

A while ago, the former wife of a hairdresser wrote a book that exposed the private affair between her husband and an actress.

But the media and the public showed no interest and the story could not even make the local news page. Why? Because the actress was just an artiste!

Who cares about her private life? If you don’t live in Hong Kong, if you don’t understand popular sentiments in Hong Kong and if you don’t know what has been happening before this, you cannot understand why people feel this way now about this affair.

In August 2006, EasyFinder published photographs of Gillian Chung changing her clothes in a dressing room.

In the ensuing press conference, Gillian Chung spoke of wanting to die and never being able to face young people again.

The photographs back then revealed nothing except her armpit. At today’s press conference, Gillian Chung was beaming with confidence.

The photographs now revealed just about everything of her. It is hard not to notice the incongruence.

Hongkong star Edison Chen in suicide bid claim

HONG KONG heartthrob Edison Chen has reportedly attempted suicide after partially nude images of him with several starlets started circulating in the Internet.

China Press said yesterday that the singer-actor became depressed over the issue and avoided food lately.

He had also reportedly confined himself to his home in the United States, where he fled to after the controversy erupted.

The daily said Chen’s image hit rock bottom after the scandal came to light. Several companies which had sought Chen’s endorsement for their products have also terminated their contracts with the star.

Edison Chen to Face Media This Week

Edison Chen, the only male celebrity to be implicated by the scandal, will return to Hong Kong to face the media this week, his management confirmed today.

Ms Leung, of East Asia Music, said that Edison will arrive back in Hong Kong on Thursday or Friday.

She denied that he had left the country to avoid the fallout from the scandal. Edison is supposedly going to help police catch the insider who is releasing the photos.

Anthony Wong Chau Sang, Edison’s godfather, said that Edison will return to Hong Kong soon to help the police to catch the “crazy man” who is leaking the sex photos.

He commented that Edison did not run away and had, long before the scandal started, planned to return to Canada to visit family for Chinese New Year and then to go to America to visit girlfriend Vincy Yeung.

Today Hong Kong authorities caught the ninth suspect without Edison’s help. There have been protests in the streets, and complaints that Edison is just as guilty as the suspects who have been caught.

There are also complaints that the people involved are getting a free pass because they are celebrities.

Miriam Yeung, who made an appearance yesterday at a Chinese New Year event at Harbour City as guest of honour,
and is Edison Chen’s godsister, said she had been sending text messages of support, but did not wish to comment on the scandal.

As for suggestions that her name will also appear on the list of female celebrities involved in the scandal,

Miriam said that she did not want to comment any further and with the scandal bringing down the general morality in society, she did not want to perpetuate the reports any further.

When reporters asked if her parents had questioned her about the incident, she said that her mother trusts her completely and she has her own integrity, so after 12 years in the industry, she has no need to explain herself.

Nat Chan, Bobo Chan’s former boss, said that he had not called her when the scandal hit the news, but said that he was quite worried about her situation.

As for suggestions that her engagement had been cancelled as a result of the scandal, Nat refused to comment.

The suspected nude pictures of artistes have surface for over two weeks. One of the victims Gillian Chung chooses to stand up and face the crowd to make a statement.

Yesterday, Twins and their fans in a CNY greetings function.
It is also the grandest in scale. Only 200 fans were at the function but 300 reporters and other people were present.

Also the EEG family was present at the function. Boss Albert Yeung and Twins’ “younger siblings” were there to silently support them.

Yesterday, Gillian’s press conference was held at 2:15 pm. Actually Gillian and Charlene Choi arrived early at the location. They were at the CNY greeting function with their fans around 1 pm (private, no press allowed in).

All the exits and entrances were bursting with press. Some fans who were a bit late could not gain entrance to the function. Albert Yeung and his wife arrived around 2 o’clock.

They were lead by their bodyguards to the function location. Albert did not respond to the endless bombardment of questions about his view on Gillian.

At the function, Twins and their fans played games and sang songs. Gillian was composed and would laugh with Charlene. They were very involved in the game play.

Off stage, besides their fans, the entire EEG was there.

Albert Yeung and his wife, Don Li, Deep Ng, Vincy Chan, Yumiko Cheng, Mandy, Ken Hung, Sherman Chung and others.

These supporters appeared intense and serious which was the opposite of the Twins’ ease on stage. At the end of the function, Charlene made a statement representing Twins.

She thanked the fans and said: “Thank-you everyone for coming. We hope that everyone will be happy and most importantly healthy this year.”

The fans lifted up banners to support Twins. Besides the usual “Support You Forever”, there was a specially made “We Will Always Support You”.

At the press conference, Gillian made a statement which was only two minutes in length. The fans applauded for encouragement.

At the end of the press conference, all the EEG artistes were protected because the press was not allowed to be close to them.

EEG made a public statement which said the incident has created a lot of torment and hurt for the victims.

All the artistes, including Gillian, will not respond to this incident at any press conferences. EEG artistes received their order to keep their mouth shut.

The artistes left in groups after the press conference. Some left by cars directly to avoid reporter’s questions. Deep left via the main entrance but he was in between workers so he did not respond to the reporter’s questions.

Gillian Chung Statement vs Edison Chen Attempt for Sympathy

Under EEG’s arrangement, Gillian Chung personally made a statement about the suspected nude pictures of artistes. Compared to Edison’s pre-taped statement, Gillian had more sincerity which wins her support from the entertainment ciricle!

Approach

Edison: His lawyers distributed a pre-taped video clip, 1:23 minutes in length.

Gillian: Personally making a statement to +100 reporters. Her statement length was approximately 2 minutes long.

Appearance

Edison: Lame t-shirt. Didn’t really pay attention to his hair. It created a drab and dreary feeling.

Gillian: Long straight hair which is a different hairstyle which appeared in the pictures. It was to prevent association with the pictures.

Emotion

Edison: Black eyes and unshaven. Unsuccessful businessman look.

Gillina: She had makeup on and was smiling to people. She seem to be in high spirits.

Speech

Edison: English script. Emotionless like reading from a book.

Gillian: Used Cantonese and emotionally expressive.

Location

Edison: A dimly lit room. A grey-white background which makes the location mysterious.

Gillian: At the hotel/restaurant where her fans gathering were held. The location was bright and open. The atmosphere was warm and lively.

Edison Chen slapped in Infernal Affairs II Video

Before “Dog Bite Dog / 狗咬狗” (2006), “Infernal Affairs II / 無間道II” (2003) was probably the movie where Hong Kong idol Edison Chen / 陳冠希 gave his most memorable performance as an actor.

Shot in October 2004, this interview excerpt, about one scene he had with Carina Lau / 劉嘉玲 in the movie, is taken from a short documentary (15 minutes) directed by Frederic Ambroisine about “Infernal Affairs II” : “Dans l’Enfer du Passé (In the Hell of the Past)”.

This documentary also contains interviews of director Andrew Lau / 劉偉強, director and scripwriter Alan Mak / 麥兆輝, scriptwriter Felix Chong / 莊文強, and actor Anthony Wong / 黃秋生. Available since October 26th, 2006, on the French DVD of “Infernal Affairs II”
Edison Chen sex scandal: his ego and their combined stupidity

(image source, SFW but links out to image depositories
of all the Edison Chen photos that aren’t)

The above flowchart shows all the women that Edison Chen – a Canadian-Chinese actor/singer based in HK – has been connected with. A couple of weeks ago, the HK media was rocked by the release of pornographic images of Edison and three of these women. They were allegedly leaked by the tech guy repairing Edison’s computer, who has since been arrested.

For those not familiar with the Chinese entertainment world, most of the women on the chart are singers and actresses, with a few models thrown in for good measure. The most famous one to Western audiences is Maggie Q (near the top right), who has appeared in MI:3 and Die Hard 4.0.

Of all the pictures obtained by the computer tech, there were 6 women involved. For the investigating police, only 4 are known to them. Three of these 4 women (2 singers and 1 actress, with the actress being currently married to one of Edison’s friends, Nicholas Tse, an actor/singer) were the unfortunate ones to have been exposed before the police and the courts put a stop to it by warning that anyone caught distributing the photos risk being arrested.

Shanghaiist has a good round up of the events and people involved (NSFW even with pixellated photos – read it at home!).
Shanghaiist: Edison Chen, Bobo Chan, Gillian Chung and Cecilia Cheung embroiled in Hong Kong’s biggest sex photo scandal ever

For a less titilating summary:
Edison Chen photo scandal – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

To me, it’s one thing for naive everyday people to be caught up in a moment of foolishness like this, but for people in the entertainment business who have carefully crafted images it’s quite bizarre. Assuming that these people are aware of the importance of image in their line of work, what possess these women to pose for him? And how big must his ego be to not care about the possible consequences if they leaked out like it has now? Or are they all just dumb?

Photos of 6 women were found on this one computer. Are there more saved on other computers stashed away in his home? How depraved is this guy, really? And what would his fans think of him now? He may be able to shrug this off and become more “adult” and edgy with his image – that’s what I’d do anyway if I was his PR, but the women involved probably do not have this luxury. It’s still very much a double-standard world.

In this situation, there are two glaring lessons for the Youtube-loving, Facebook-hugging, and MySpace-living digital generation of today:

Unless you are in the adult entertainment business, never ever take naked pictures and video of yourselves unless you can live with the scandal and embarrassment. And even if you can live with it, employers in most industries won’t. No matter how much you think he loves you, or how fun you think it’d be, think very carefully about what you are doing.

If you are going to send your iPod/MP3 Player/Computer in for repairs make sure that there’s nothing incriminating or highly private on the machine. Encrypt the information if you can and know how to. Otherwise, transfer the data onto another computer and delete the originals. While you are at it, delete your browsing history, cache and saved cookies.
A contrite Edison had asked for people to stop spreading and to take down the images. People in HK may be compelled to do so, but at this stage it’s spread beyond HK’s borders and its laws. Unlike printed photos with negatives, once it’s out there it ain’t coming back. The Internet is a bitch like that.

One thing’s for sure: these people are not going to have a very happy Chinese New Year.

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