Edison Chen 陳冠希 talks about photo scandal. It takes more courage to speak up than to hide away. At least he’s now faced the public with the matter, but where are gillian and cecilia.
The Edison Chen photo scandal is a media scandal in early 2008 involving Hong Kong actor Edison Chen, actresses Gillian Chung, Bobo Chan, Cecilia Cheung, and possibly other female celebrities.
In January 2008, nude photographs of people resembling the actors engaging in sexual acts with each other were distributed on the internet. As at 4 February 2008, eight people have been arrested for being connected with the distribution of the photos. The affair has dominated news headlines in Hong Kong for over a week.
The Hong Kong police enlisted the assistance of Interpol, but the spread of the photographs has proven unstoppable. The actions of the actors and their management in this matter have made heroes and martyrs of those arrested; the actions of the police have raised concerns about violation of human rights and the deference to powerful media tycoons.
The first nude photo, of a man and a woman resembling Chen and Gillian Chung, was published at approximately 8:30 pm, 27 January 2008, in a post on the website Hong Kong Discuss Forum. The genitals and nipples of the woman and head of the man could be clearly seen. Although the original post was deleted after a few hours, some visitors forwarded the photo to other major forums such as Uwants and HKGolden. Chung’s management agency, Emperor Entertainment Group (EEG), immediately denied that the photos were authentic and filed a police report.
At 3 p.m. on the same day as EEG’s statement, a second explicit photograph of a couple with the likenesses of Chen and Bobo Chan engaged in fellatio appeared on the internet. An emergency meeting was held at EEG immediately that evening, after which the company declared through its solicitors 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, later played down, was that the photographs were photoshopped. The news became the headline of several major local Hong Kong newspapers, including Apple Daily, Oriental Daily News, The Sun, Headline Daily, and Metro News.On 29 January 2008, at 12:30 p.m., a third photograph, of a woman fondling her nipples while her legs were wide apart appeared on the internet. The photograph was of a much higher resolution than the previous shots, and the subject bore the likeness of Cecilia Cheung.
The photographs became the talk of the town, and journals attempted to authenticate the photographs by comparing physical features of the starlet. Local discussion forums became saturated as a result. A low-resolution composite of a sexual sequence (photos 4 to 7) of a couple, possibly Chen and Chung, with the female wearing a bikini at the start of the sequence appeared at 3 p.m.; a photograph, allegedly of Cecilia Cheung standing naked in a bathroom with her back facing the camera appeared at 6 p.m. Journals in Mainland China compared the backgrounds of the photographs to previously released videos filmed inside Chen’s residence. The police, and photo experts who examined the photos involving the first three female celebrities, say the photos are unlikely to have been photoshopped.
On 6 February 2008, a forum user named “Kira” leaked more photos and promised to release a 32-minute video, allegedly of Chen and Chung, on 7 February 2008. In spite of the ongoing raids in Hong Kong, Kira reportedly wrote that he did not “give a sh*t” since he was “not in hk” to begin with. [source]