Chung, 27, previously known for her squeaky-clean image, made her eagerly awaited statement before a mass of reporters and video cameras flanked by Charlene Choi, her singing partner in the female pop duo "Twins. The photographs, which appear to show Chung naked in bed with male star Edison Chen, and suggestive images purportedly of around half a dozen other celebrities, including actress Cecilia Cheung, were recently posted online, provoking blanket tabloid coverage in the celebrity-mad former British colony.
Edison Chen, 27, apologized last week in a video statement, and called the postings of the photographs "intentionally hurtful and malicious. A police investigation across the territory has so far led to eight arrests for infringement of obscene material laws, and the seizure of over 1, images. In the coming days I will continue to focus on my work and face up to my life," Chung added, amid cheers from her fans. Emperor Entertainment Group, which manages Chung, had initially said in a statement that the photographs were digitally altered fakes.
Hong Kong's police commissioner, Tang King-shing, earlier warned that possession and distribution of such images might be illegal. Several hundred Internet users held a protest march on Sunday, saying the police's handling of the case was a violation of rights and that the celebrities were receiving privileged treatment.
It all started on 27 January when various photographs of people resembling the above-named celebrities were all posted one after the other including the Hong Kong Discussion Forum and free. The photos in question included: A girl resembling Gillian Chung from the squeaky-clean group Twins with breasts peeking out from her bikini and her legs spread apart. In another picture, a man resembling Edison Chen performs cunnilingus on her.
A girl resembling Bobo Chan Edison Chen's ex girlfriend performing fellatio on him, with his love lollipop in full glory. A dazed-looking Cecilia Cheung posing in uniform in one picture, and nude in a bathroom in another. As ESWN points out, the pictures were released in a phased rollout, leaving eager netizens "waiting all night and all day at the various bulletin board systems in Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China". But as more and more photos were released into public domain, the newspapers soon changed their tune.
Netizens say the bathroom the Cecilia Cheung lookalike was photographed in looks like that of Edison Chen's as seen in his blog. She also sports the same belly ring, earring and tattoos as the real Cecilia Cheung. Various photography experts have also told the media that the pictures do not seem modified. Even the Hong Kong cops soon conceded that the pictures appear real. We've been told if you Google or Baidu hard enough, you will get what you want. Be careful of the viruses lurking out there when downloading stuff though!
Let's just say that after getting hold of the whole set of pics including some high resolution ones , we found it hard to believe that the pics were doctored. Our journalist friends around the region also tell us of how their colleagues have been gathering around computer monitors analysing the entire range of pictures together. Most of them appear to have made up their own minds.
Among the exclamations frequently heard in offices and at lunch across Asia this week: Cecilia is so hairy! She could use a shave! He is so small! And if you're wondering why Edison's speaking in English, he's Canadian That, unfortunately, may have come too little, too late. Reports are now saying that Gillian has attempted suicide following the scandal. In the meanwhile, police have raided a computer store in Hong Kong and nabbed eight people in all, four of which are currently out on bail.
How did these people get hold of the pictures you ask? According to an informed source close to the person who was the source of the photographs, several months ago Edison Chen sent his pink Apple Powerbook laptop to a Central computer shop for repairs. The informed source said that the technician only intended to keep the material for his own enjoyment. Then one day he invited some friends over to his Ma On Shan apartment to play mahjong and he casually mentioned that he had some "good" stuff to show them.
When his friends saw the material, they were astonished and lobbied him to post to the Internet. He did not want to do so himself, because he knew that Edison Chen has his contact information.
So finally a female friend agreed to undertake the task of posting onto the Internet. That was how it happened. Police also added that the nabbed computers contained some 1, racy private shots of celebrities, including six women, two of whom had yet to be identified. In the meanwhile, public sentiment appears to have turned against Edison, who is now accused as the culprit in the scandal. The Straits Times reports that in a 'Who's guilty in the photo scandal' poll on the Hong Kong Discuss Forum on Sunday, about 76 per cent of voters said the photographer was guilty and 12 per cent pointed to the ones who uploaded the photos.
Police now need only get hold of Edison's computer to verify that he was actually the source of those pictures. Shanghaiist has not publicised any pictures apart from those that are already in the public domain through the mainstream media.
February 14th, http: One featuring Bobo Chan and another of Rache Ngan? These may give hope to people waiting for the release of the source video as it may indicate Kira was not paid 1. As the scandal continues into its third week, Edison will return to Hong Kong on Sunday to give a formal statement about someone stealing pictures from his computer.
He may have to testify. Reports also say Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung are seperating and will divorce as a result of these pictures which were seemingly taken right before their marriage.
One has to wonder. Is a life of shame and embarrassment the fate that befalls all women who don't wax, shave or trim? NSFW pictures here and here. Read the conspiracy theory from Hades translated by Labyrinth after the jump. Kira received 7 million HK dollars, disappears forever. Beijing, Feb 12, The curtain has dropped: According to friends in HK, all the photos we have seen thus far were screen captures from videos. Gill's photos were the first 10 minutes of the video, why?
Because it was a used as a bargaining chip for extortion. Secondly, the audio of the video involves the reputation of many other big-name celebrities. The first time Edison's photo got released was the result of a hacker. This hacker has the most complete data. In order to protect himself from hackers and trojans, he transferred part of his data to his Apple computer. Apple does not run Windows, and most trojan are designed towards windows.
The photos that were stolen during his computer repair is only a small part, and that is to the person we come to know as Kira. As we know, Edison's photo all came in a set, and every women has a complete collection including the sexual parts.
Usually they are released in few numbers first, then released in completion. So Vincy has a complete collection too. Kira's upload on the 9th, 4: He had an agreement with EEG in the amount of hk dollars. Why did Gill's manager said Gill would appear on the 11th? Because they have came to an agreement with Kira.
After the money is received he needs 24 hours to confirm payment, also time for him to flee. As a matter of fact, the photos he has have already been uploaded to various free servers in the United States and Europe.
If the discussion does not fall into place or if anything were to happen to him, he has set automatic emails that would email the links to his trustworthy friends, so they can spread the files.
The reason Gill appears in front of the media on the 11th, and the fact that she had a big smile on her face, was because she knew the ordeal has came to a rest. What's Kira's gain for showing us the photos? What does he get by destroying the life of these celebrities? He is not a warrior of morals, he's just a regular Hong Kong citizen. Money is his ultimate choice. So everyone, please stop calling for him, he has disappears forever.
From tomorrow, there's a lot more entertainers going to entertain us, and the danger is over. It is disappointed for us, but we all know the reason behind Kira's action. Gossip The photos actually were stolen a long time ago. At first Kira talked to Edison, asking for 5 million HK dollars, but was not agreed upon.
Edison was afraid he won't be able to get back all the photos. Eventually, Kira released some information to the media, the magazines last year briefly mentioned this matter.
However because of EEG's influential power, magazines were afraid to show the photos nor pay Kira. Through the help of magazine's editor, one of the three members from Kira's group was found. He knew whether he surrender the photos or not, he was doomed.
He did not say anything while being question, and was eventually killed. Befor the matter gains public attention Edison already knew, because both parties could not agree on a price, this time Kira was asking more than 10 millions.
Edison took a private car to Shenzhen, then to Macau, took a private plane from his dad's friend to the United States, and look for Vincy Yeung to help his cause. Yeung Shou Cheng thought he could handle the matter, but eventually it was still not solved. Kira has decided to raise the price, and released the photos the night when Edison fled HK.
Since that day Kira has been raising his price every day. It is believed Kira is in Thailand and Indonesia, and Kira is a group of two, and the data has been uploaded to the United States. Do not think you have seen the best of all, why hasn't C10's and Maggie Q's photo being released?