Edison Chen Sex Scandal – 5

February 21st, 2011

On 31 January 2008, an unemployed man identified as 29-year-old Chung Yik-tin (???) was arrested for allegedly uploading one image; 12  pictures were found on his computer. The next day he was arraigned but denied bail because he was suspected of blackmailing the actor and actresses. The case would reconvene eight weeks later, and Chung Yik-tin was destined to spend Chinese New Year in detention. After investigating the connection between the suspect and artists, the police were satisfied that blackmail was not involved. Following the furore at the police that the photograph allegedly posted by Chung was later classified as “indecent”, Chung was unconditionally released from detention on 15 February, and charges against him were dropped.

On 2 February, police arrested four men and two women in connection with the distribution of the photographs. Of the six, three men and a woman were released on HK$20,000 bail and ordered to report back to the police in eight weeks. The police revealed that during 2007, Edison Chen brought his computer to a shop for repairs. Employees who discovered over 1,300 intimate photographs may have secretly copied these files.

On 4 February, a 29-year-old man became the eighth person to be detained in connection with the Internet posting of nude photos. On the same day, 23-year-old Sze Ho-Chun (???) was arrested and charged with “dishonest use of computers with criminal intent”, which has a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment. The man appeared in Eastern Court on 5 February, where he denied the charge and was released on $50,000 bail. The case was adjourned to 22 February.

Assistant Commissioner Wong said the source of the pictures had been traced, but he would not confirm reports stating that they had been taken from Chen’s computer. He added that the authenticity of the photographs was no longer in question. Wong also said of the six women found in the photographs, four were local celebrities and two were unknown to the police. None of the women were named. Wong was certain that no overseas artists were involved. He said that it was not a crime to transfer the pictures to friends, but those who had posted the images to Internet web pages could be in breach of the Hong Kong law. His statement has prompted some people to solicit for or send the picture files to their “friends” en masse by email.

On 5 February, as another of the suspects was released on $50,000 bail, six more related photographs surfaced on the Internet. In the early hours on Chinese New Year’s Eve, several hundred more photographs appeared on the Internet; there were two new faces.

The police arrested a tenth person in connection with the case on 10 February. Kwok Chun-wai, a 24-year-old logistics clerk, was charged with distribution of pornography. He had allegedly posted the link to a local discussion forum after uploading a compressed file containing over a hundred images to a site in Cyprus. Kwok was released on $10,000 bail and was required to report to the police three times a week.  He entered a guilty plea to three counts of publishing an obscene article in July. On 24 July 2008, he was sentenced to two months in prison, suspended for two years.

Computer technician Sze Ho-chun was convicted on 13 May 2009 of three counts of obtaining access to a computer with dishonest intent, and received a custodial sentence of eight and a half months. However, there was no evidence that he uploaded the pictures to the Internet

Edison Chen Scandal – 4

February 21st, 2011

On 31 January 2008, an unemployed man identified as 29-year-old Chung Yik-tin (???) was arrested for allegedly uploading one image; 12 pictures were found on his computer. The next day he was arraigned but denied bail because he was suspected of blackmailing the actor and actresses. The case would reconvene eight weeks later,[41] and Chung Yik-tin was destined to spend Chinese New Year in detention. After investigating the connection between the suspect and artists, the police were satisfied that blackmail was not involved. Following the furore at the police that the photograph allegedly posted by Chung was later classified as “indecent”, Chung was unconditionally released from detention on 15 February, and charges against him were dropped.

On 2 February, police arrested four men and two women in connection with the distribution of the photographs. Of the six, three men and a woman were released on HK$20,000 bail and ordered to report back to the police in eight weeks. The police revealed that during 2007, Edison Chen brought his computer to a shop for repairs. Employees who discovered over 1,300 intimate photographs may have secretly copied these files.

On 4 February, a 29-year-old man became the eighth person to be detained in connection with the Internet posting of nude photos. On the same day, 23-year-old Sze Ho-Chun (???) was arrested and charged with “dishonest use of computers with criminal intent”, which has a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment. The man appeared in Eastern Court on 5 February, where he denied the charge and was released on $50,000 bail. The case was adjourned to 22 February.

Assistant Commissioner Wong said the source of the pictures had been traced, but he would not confirm reports stating that they had been taken from Chen’s computer. He added that the authenticity of the photographs was no longer in question. Wong also said of the six women found in the photographs, four were local celebrities and two were unknown to the police. None of the women were named. Wong was certain that no overseas artists were involved. He said that it was not a crime to transfer the pictures to friends, but those who had posted the images to Internet web pages could be in breach of the Hong Kong law. His statement has prompted some people to solicit for or send the picture files to their “friends” en masse by email.

On 5 February, as another of the suspects was released on $50,000 bail, six more related photographs surfaced on the Internet. In the early hours on Chinese New Year’s Eve, several hundred more photographs appeared on the Internet; there were two new faces.

The police arrested a tenth person in connection with the case on 10 February. Kwok Chun-wai, a 24-year-old logistics clerk, was charged with distribution of pornography. He had allegedly posted the link to a local discussion forum after uploading a compressed file containing over a hundred images to a site in Cyprus. Kwok was released on $10,000 bail and was required to report to the police three times a week. He entered a guilty plea to three counts of publishing an obscene article in July. On 24 July 2008, he was sentenced to two months in prison, suspended for two years.

Edison Chen Sex Scandal – 3

February 21st, 2011

China News Service (CNS) reported that more than 100 police officers had been sent to investigate the case,[20] although Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime) Vincent Wong Fook-chuen later declared that the investigating team consisted of 19 officers from the Commercial Crime Bureau. The police and photographic experts, who examined the images involving the first three female celebrities, said the photos were unlikely to have been composites.

The Hong Kong police moved on all Internet service providers to stamp out all local traces of the as yet unclassified “offensive material”. The police met with more than 200 people responsible for major Hong Kong Web sites and BBS communities to urge them to delete the pictures on appearance “as they have the responsibility to stop crimes”. Related discussion threads were progressively deleted. The police ordered several locally registered web sites and BBS management firms to submit information about their clients, and had retrieved the IP addresses of more than 30 Internet users who allegedly posted photographs.

China News Service (CNS) reported that more than 100 police officers had been sent to investigate the case, although Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime) Vincent Wong Fook-chuen later declared that the investigating team consisted of 19 officers from the Commercial Crime Bureau. The police and photographic experts, who examined the images involving the first three female celebrities, said the photos were unlikely to have been composites.

The Hong Kong police moved on all Internet service providers to stamp out all local traces of the as yet unclassified “offensive material”. The police met with more than 200 people responsible for major Hong Kong Web sites and BBS communities to urge them to delete the pictures on appearance “as they have the responsibility to stop crimes”. Related discussion threads were progressively deleted. The police ordered several locally registered web sites and BBS management firms to submit information about their clients, and had retrieved the IP addresses of more than 30 Internet users who allegedly posted photographs.

Edison Chen Sex Scandal – 2

February 21st, 2011

In November 2006, Chen purchased a pink PowerBook personal computer, a photograph of which he published on his blog. It may have come from eLite Multimedia, a computer shop in Hong Kong’s Central district. According to the police, Chen’s “Cotton-candy Mac” computer was sent in for repairs, and an estimated 1,300 intimate photographs of Chen and numerous female celebrities may have been accessed and secretly copied by one or more of the shop’s employees. According to Chen, the image files were deleted before the computer was taken in for repairs. Chen’s photographs were reportedly made some time between 2003 and 2006. One close friend indicated that Chen liked to take photographs during intimate moments with his sexual partners, of whom 14 were celebrities, and privately showed these to a select group of close friends.

The first photograph, depicting Chen and Gillian Chung, was posted on the Hong Kong Discuss Forum at approximately 8:30 p.m. on 27 January 2008. Although the original post was deleted after a few hours, some visitors forwarded the image to other major forums in Hong Kong such as Uwants and HKGolden. Chung’s management agency, Emperor Entertainment Group (EEG), immediately challenged its authenticity, and filed a police report.

The following day, a second explicit photograph of Chen, with another starlet, appeared on the Internet. After an emergency meeting that evening at EEG, the company declared that it would pursue the publisher of the image for this “irresponsible” and “malicious act”. Gillian Chung was reportedly very distraught, had taken a leave of absence, and would not comment on the matter. Shaped by the denials, the initial media consensus was that the photographs were hoaxes. Nevertheless, the story became the headline of major local Hong Kong newspapers.

At 12:30 p.m. on 29 January, a higher resolution photograph appeared on the Internet. Journals noted the uncanny resemblance to Cecilia Cheung, especially her distinctive tattoo set. The photographs became the talk of the town, and local discussion forums became saturated. A low-resolution sequence (photos 4 to 7) of Chen with Chung appeared at 3 p.m.; a nude photograph of Cecilia Cheung appeared at 6 p.m. Journals established with known video footage that the photographs were taken inside Chen’s residence. Nevertheless, Cheung’s solicitors denounced the upload as a “malicious, immoral and irresponsible act”

Edison Chen Sex Scandal – 1

February 21st, 2011

The Edison Chen sex scandal was the biggest sex scandal that Hong Kong has ever seen. Its handling by the police led to concerns about civil liberties. 

The Edison Chen photo scandal involved the illegal distribution over the Internet of intimate and private photographs of Hong Kong actor Edison Chen with various women, including actresses Gillian Chung, Bobo Chan, Rachel Ngan and Cecilia Cheung.[1] The scandal shook the Hong Kong entertainment industry in early 2008 and received high profile media attention locally and around the world. Many local newspapers headlined the story consecutively during the first fortnight of February 2008, relegating coverage of the 2008 Chinese winter storms to secondary prominence during Chinese New Year.

The Hong Kong police enlisted the assistance of Interpol to stem the spread of the photographs.  Ten people were arrested in connection with the distribution of the photographs.[3] A computer technician was convicted of three counts of obtaining access to a computer with dishonest intent, and received a custodial sentence of eight and a half months.

The police crackdown raised questions over violations of the privacy and free speech rights of Internet users.  The manner in which actors, their management, and the police handled the situation, in turn, made those arrested into heroes for some Internet users.

Chen admitted being the author and copyright owner of most of the photographs, and stated that the private photographs had been stolen and published illegally without his consent. He made a public apology, especially to the women involved, and also announced that he would “step away indefinitely” from the Hong Kong entertainment industry.

Chu Me Feng 4 – Influence

February 18th, 2011

In 2002 many Taiwanese lingerie manufacturers reported a significant growth in the sales of white thong panties, which is the exact underwear Chu wore in the video.

In February 2005 Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan modified the Republic of China Criminal Code, Chapter XXVIII Article 315, which significantly raises the penalty for covertly recording other person’s privacy without legal reason. This Article 315 is nicknamed “Chu Mei-feng’s Article”.

A Hong Kong film, The Peeping (????, 2002) reiterates Chu and Tseng’s stories.

Chu Mei Feng 3 – Post Scandal

February 18th, 2011

After this scandal, Chu described herself as “a woman with no face at all”. Right after the scandal Chu published a book entitled The Confessions of Chu Mei-feng(??????) trying to explain her complicated relationships with all the gentlemen above, but it was poorly sold. Most time in 2002 Chu secluded herself to Singapore and China. She was rumored to have been engaged with a Shanghai man in summer 2002 but they soon broke up, during this time her application to Fudan University’s PhD program was also rejected. Since 2003 Chu has been staying in the United Kingdom and almost cut off all relationships with Taiwan, rumored to be studying at University of Liverpool but unconfirmed. In March 2006 Apple Daily (Taiwan) reported that Chu had married a young Chinese man in the United Kingdom, was several months pregnant, and was planning to move to her husband’s hometown Shenyang after graduation. Chu’s family in Taiwan refused to confirm this.

Kuo Yu-ling and Kao Chun-chun immediately gained nation-wide notoriety after this scandal, and they dared not show up publicly ever since. Kao committed suicide unsuccessfully in May 2002 and her education was ceased. However, Kao was found not guilty in these lawsuits due to the fact that she simply obeyed her mother. This mother-daughter pair are rumored to have been expelled by their avatar religious group, and changed their belief to christianity since late 2003, being highly pious, and made their living by serving at the church.

In April 2006, after Kuo Yu-ling’s lawsuits were finally settled, Chu’s lawyer in Taiwan told local media that Chu may revoke her accusation toward Kuo as long as Kuo could immediately pay Chu 3 million NT$ as compensation. Kuo did not respond and was imprisoned on May 29, 2006.

Shortly after Kuo’s imprisonment, on June 9, 2006, Taipei Municipal Court verdicted that Kuo needed to compensate Chu 2.59 million NT$: 2 million for the tape, and 0.59 million for the appropriation. Kuo’s parents in Yilan told local media that they had not got in touch with their daughter for very long time, and their family had no money for the compensation. Chu’s lawyer said that Chu was not considering appeal due to the fact that Kuo was already imprisoned; he also confirmed Chu’s married status, but refused to release further details.

Chu Mei Feng 2 – Sex Tape Scandal

February 18th, 2011

Shortly after this defeat, on December 17, 2001, another local paparazzi magazine Scoop Weekly(????) published a lengthy story about Chu’s alleged promiscuity and attached the exact issue with a 47-minute video CD secretly taken with a pinhole camera, purportedly showing Chu having sex with a man who was later confirmed as married Tseng Chung-ming. This video caused an immediate sensation and was soon spread throughout the world via the Internet. Embarrassed and desperate, Chu sued Scoop Weekly for libel, invasion of privacy, and distribution of obscenity on December 31, 2001, despite the fact that such action would mean Chu admitted her prior sexual intercourse with Tseng Chung-ming, and Tseng’s wife would be eligible to sue Chu for adultery. Local authorities immediately ruled that the magazines in question had to be pulled from the market as a result, but not before the several thousand copies which were already sold. The damage had already been done when the video quickly found its way onto the Internet: search engine Lycos reported her name was among the most searched terms in January 2002.

This pinhole camera was later confirmed to be installed by Kuo Yu-ling(???), a vicious friend of Chu’s, and a jobless divorced middle-aged mother with a teenaged daughter. In January 2000 Chu got acquainted with Kuo in a local avatar religious group where Kuo served as a “spiritual advisor”. Kuo would never let other people know her real situation; instead, she pretended to be a celebrity by means of make-believe guise and personation. With her eloquence, boast and brainwashing, Kuo soon had Chu’s confidence. Meantime Kuo also got acquainted with Tsai Jen-Chien.

In July 2001 when Chu traveled to the United States for two weeks, Chu asked Kuo to take care of her Danshuei condominium; being poor and knowing Chu’s promiscuity, Kuo then took this opportunity to install a pinhole video camera inside a stereo set in Chu’s bedroom so as to possibly threaten or blackmail Chu at a later date. Tsai Jen-chien also played a role in this event; Tsai was in anger right after his separation with Chu, and was seeking revenge(Tsai later claimed he gave Chu more than 20 million NT$ in cash and gifts between 1998 and 2001, including buying her a Hsinchu condominium, but when he asked Chu to return them back after they broke up, Chu refused and sold this Hsinchu condominium for more money instead). Local prosecutors later confirmed that Tsai helped Kuo to acquire the camera, as well as participated in planning, although it was Kuo alone that installed the camera and sold the tape. Kuo also took this chance to pocket 0.59 million NT$ from Chu’s bank account, and Kuo’s daughter Kao Chun-chun(???) assisted her mother in all these illegal things.

Kuo hawked this camera’s tape to several local paparazzi magazines in October 2001. Next magazine and Scoop Weekly finally took it, and were believed to have paid Kuo unrevealed amount of money. In March 2006 Taiwan’s Supreme Court finally sentenced Kuo to four years and eight months in jail, while the lawsuits against Scoop Weekly are still in process. Tsai Jen-chien was originally prosecuted too, but Chu later revoked her accusation toward Tsai because “I don’t want to see Tsai’s person any more”. Tsai Jen-chien was also defeated in his re-election to Hsinchu Mayor on the December 1, 2001 vote. He has since retired from public affairs and is currently rumored to be teaching at a university in Fujian Province, China.

Besides Tseng Chung-ming, it was rumoured that Kuo still held another 2 unreleased “light-off version” video CDs, separately showing Chu having sex with Kuomintang official Chou Chih-wei(???, who is also Chu’s elementary school classmate) and independent Legislator Tsai Hau(??). The single Chou kept slient while the married Tsai strongly denied; the 2 CDs are not publicized so far.

Chi Mei Feng Scandal 1 – Biography

February 18th, 2011

Chu was born in a mainlander veteran family in Wanhua District, Taipei City and graduated from the prestigious Taipei First Girls’ High School and National Chengchi University with a bachelor degree in Chinese literature. After leaving school, Chu worked as a TV journalist for several years before she was elected as Taipei City councilwoman in December 1994 under New Party (NP)’s nomination.

Being the youngest elected Taipei City Councilor in the 1994 vote, plus the well-knownness accumulated during her TV journalist career, she soon gained publicity and has long been noted for her outspokenness, sharp-wittedness, and beauty: in 1995, while fresh in Taipei City Council, she donated a Republic of China’s National Flag to then Taipei Mayor Chen Shui-bian inside the Council, challanging Chen as to “whether Mayor Chen admits the existence of Republic of China or not”. In October 1996 Chu held a press conference which deeply depressed Frank Hsieh who just lost in the 1996 ROC presidential election: Chu claimed Hsieh and his wife received 20 million NT$ in donations from notorious local psychic Sung Chi-li(???) and spiritually followed him for long time. Although Hsieh finally won in the coming lawsuits, this event still harmed Hsieh greatly (later in 2001 when Chu was involved in sex scandal, some Pan-Green supporters considered this scandal as a nemesis against Chu). In 1999 a local survey listed Chu among the three Taiwanese female politicians who Taiwanese males wanted to see nude the most, the other two being Sisy Chen and Chiu I-Ying(???).

In summer 1998 when her four-year tenure in the Taipei City Council would soon end, Chu sought for re-election but NP did not nominate her due to her controversial image. Fortunately, her boyfriend at that time was then Hsinchu Mayor Tsai Jen-chien(???), and Tsai later offered her the post at Hsinchu City Government until summer 2001 when they broke up. In the lower half of 2001 Chu campaigned under NP for election to the Legislative Yuan’s Taichung City electoral district and was seen as a threat to the incumbent Shen Chih-hui(???), despite a string of high-profile relationships with Tsai Jen-chien, who was 15 years older than she, divorced with 2 teenaged daughters, and a member of the rival Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), as well as an October 2001 issue of local paparazzi magazine Next Magazine which reported her alleged promiscuity and hinted a sex tape they had. Chu strongly denied these rumors, but finally still lost in the vote held on December 1, 2001.

Great Asian Sex Scandals

February 18th, 2011

Asia is traditionally conservative with regards to sexual matters yet taboos have rapidly broken with increasing Westernization. In recent years, a number of spectecular releases of sexual pictures and videos of celebrities had taken place in a number of countries in Asia, including Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Indonesia. We will begin with the Chu Mei Feng, who was a politician in Taiwan and then move on to other scandals in due course.

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