Edison Chen delayed his return
Edison Chen was supposed to give a press conference Sunday to address the public about the recent sex photos scandal. He was also due to report at the Wanchai Police Station to record his statement and provide useful information. But that is all up in smoke now judging from this turn of events. East Asia Music expressed that when Edison does return, they will contact the media so that they can “welcome” him back.
However, Hong Kong triad gangs may have place a hit out on Chen because the sex pictures he took of so many female singers and actresses will cost the triads millions of dollars in the Hong Kong entertainment industry. Media reports said the gangsters are supposedly planning to teach Edison Chen a lesson or kill him over his central role in the celebrity sex-photo scandal. Unlike Singapore, organized crime has been playing an important role in Hong Kong’s entertainment industry.
A few days ago Edison Chen’s spokesman Mavis Leung said that Edison Chen was expected to return from the United States to Hong Kong and face the media on Sunday. But Leung declined to elaborate.
Today reports indicate Edison Chen may not be returning to Hong Kong on Sunday. Peter Lam, head of Edison’s record label, said Edison won’t be back until sometime next week and that reports of him holding a press conference tomorrow was only media speculation.
Organized crime has long played an important role in Hong Kong’s entertainment industry. Organized crime has invested billions of dollars in the local entertainment industry over the years. The current scandal has led Hong Kong tabloids to run reports in the last several days of supposed plans by gangsters to ‘teach a lesson’ to Chen and perhaps even kill him. Chen may have seen these reports and decided to be on the safe side, stay as far from Hong Kong as humanly possible.
Many want to believe rumors that Edison won’t be back because the Hong Kong Triads will kill him for other reasons. Albert Yeung, head of EEG and uncle to Edison’s current girlfriend whose pictures were also leaked, allegedly has ties to the gang. Vincy Yeung the niece of Albert Yeung was exposed in three nude photos link to the sex photo scandal.
Chen’s travel plans have been shrouded in secrecy, but Sudden Weekly said he may fly first to Japan, where he would board a Hong Kong-bound private plane owned by Media Asia studio head Peter Lam. Edison hopes the scandal will die down or because Kira may release more pictures and video once he returns
There are many rumors flying around as to how Edison Chen is returning to Hong Kong or whether is he in Hong Kong already. But according to the latest news report from Netease.com after contacting East Asia Music today, it’s understood that Edison Chen’s scheduled return to Hong Kong tomorrow and his subsequent press conference has been canceled, no reason given.
Mr. Lam, who is also the owner of Chen’s management company, said it was up to the actor to decide whether to quit showbiz after the scandal.
He described Chen as a ‘kid’ and urged the public to give him a chance to explain what had happened and let him ‘get back on his feet again’.
Sudden Weekly tabloid said the racy photo scandal is said to have started because the actor’s businessman father was in debt.
It said that after Chen took his laptop to be serviced in 2006, risqué pictures that he allegedly took of women including Twins singer Gillian Chung and actress Cecilia Cheung had been passed around by insiders in the computer industry.
But the photos did not become publicly available until they fell into the hands of his father’s creditors and were leaked onto the Net, the report said.
For the others involved in the photo scandal, the fall-out continues.
Cheung’s father-in-law, actor Patrick Tse, has denied the latest round of rumors that she has been kicked out of the Tse family.
Chung, who apologized on Monday, will make her first TV appearance since the scandal on a charity show tomorrow. But a Twins concert scheduled for April has been postponed to September.
Meanwhile, the charges against the first man arrested in connection with the scandal was released in court on Friday after the Obscene Articles Tribunal found that the photograph should have been classified as ‘indecent’ – a lesser offence.
Chung Yik Tin, 29, who was accused of uploading a photograph showing someone resembling Chung, half naked and spreading her legs on a bed, was initially charged and refused bail for publishing an obscene photograph.
Police have arrested nine people in connection with photographs and videos on the Internet over the last two weeks.
Three suspects have been formally charged, including a 24-year-old man in Kowloon who was charged on Tuesday with publishing obscene materials. He was arrested after he was said to have posted 100 photos on Hong Kong forums.
He did not enter a plea and was freed on bail of HK$10,000.
Some Web users in Hong Kong see the police action as an infringement on individual freedoms. They held a protest last Sunday, arguing, among other things, that Hong Kong’s anti-pornography ordinance is too broad and too vague, and that this is a case of unequal treatment.
‘On the Internet there are a lot of nude pictures and sexy photos, but the police don’t bring charges’ except in the current case involving the singers,’ said Oiwan Lam, a local blogger who participated in the demonstration and edits inmediahk.net, a citizen-reporter Web site.
Cecilia Cheung, who also had pictures leaked, is reporting that she is not splitting from her husband and has even quietly returned to work filming a makeup commercial through a spokesperson.
Cecilia is reportedly in good health. Her marriage to Nicholas Tse is on the contrary not on the rocks as reported and is even stronger than before. LOL
Meanwhile on the other hand, Gillian Chung has been involved in several polls where the netizens have voted against seeing her on television. They have branded her statement childish and are up in arms to prevent her from returning to work smoothly. There are rumors that Twins might be heading for a split.
The public has called Gillian’s public statement about the pictures childish and want to make her transition back to the entertainment industry as rough as possible.