Appearing in court wearing dark glasses, a cap and face mask as photographers swarmed around him, Sze Ho-chun was found guilty by a Hong Kong magistrate of three counts of obtaining access to a computer with a view to making a dishonest gain. Sze, 24, who serviced a laptop computer belonging to Chen inwas accused of unlocking encrypted files, then copying and distributing over lewd photographs. Chen, who has a regional following, admitted to taking the pictures of him performing sex acts with at least half a dozen women, including the Hong Kong starlets Cecilia Cheung, Bobo Chan and Cantopop star Gillian Chung from the pop duo Twins.
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Chen was born in Vancouver and attended secondary school in Richmond, B. Hong Kong police have already arrested several people in connection with the photos on suspicion of violating local laws governing obscene material, including the man who is accused of downloading the photos from a computer brought to a shop for repairs and publishing them on the Internet. The scandal has dominated headlines in Hong Kong for weeks, with the images widely circulated over the Internet.
What started out as a cautionary tale about storing lurid digital photos of past lovers on the computer has become one of Asia's biggest internet celebrity sex scandals and a focal point for censorship in Hong Kong. Hundreds of photos featuring what appears to be at least five of Hong Kong's best-known entertainers have been uploaded to the internet after being copied from the laptop of Edison Chen, 27, a singer and actor. Hong Kong police have now arrested nine people for uploading the images, which are being constantly posted and then deleted from message-boards across the region.
In short, while Western audiences have been crashing the New York magazine website to see the Lindsay Lohan as Marilyn shotsaudiences in Hong Kong and throughout Asia have been riveted by an internet scandal featuring hardcore sex photos of a leading actor and a succession of comely — and equally famous — actresses. An unlikely coalition of pop idols, communist censors, Hong Kong police and a Catholic bishop are fighting to stifle the biggest celebrity sex scandal in the history of the Chinese internet. As well as crashing servers in celebrity-obsessed Hong Kong, the gossip has spread to the mainland, where one online discussion generated more than 25m page views andcomments.
Many local newspapers headlined the story consecutively during the first fortnight of Februaryrelegating coverage of the 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. The police crackdown raised questions over violations of the privacy and free speech rights of Internet users.
When the Edison Chen photo scandal made headlines in Hong Kong over a decade ago, I was 11 years old, somewhat perplexed by what I was seeing in our media. I am a fan of Gillian Chung, and I remember feeling it was odd that she had to apologise and endure so many professional consequences for doing nothing wrong. I wanted to say something about it, but I was an year-old girl, a bit too obsessed with pop stars.
Posted by alvinology Feb 17, dirty old man Sunday Times did a full page write-up about them today. Relationship: The former singer-actress is now the fiancee of businessman, Phillip King.
Edison Chen was testifying against a man accused of accessing his laptop, which contained the images. The Chinese-Canadian actor and singer quit the entertainment business last year, after weeks of lurid headlines and pictures in Hong Kong erased his clean-cut image. In China, some websites discussing the scandal received more than 25 million hits. Chen, who fled to his childhood home of British Columbia after the affair shattered his career, attended a Vancouver courtroom yesterday to testify against the defendant, Ho Chun Sze, who faces three counts of obtaining access to a computer with illegal intent.