While the repercussions of the hack are still playing out, the situation is reminiscent of a similarly high-profile nude photo leak of a slew of Chinese celebrities in But unlike what may happen in the U. Among the files copied were more than 1, intimate photographs of Chen and several women, including 14 celebrities, many nude. The first photos surfaced in January , featuring Gillian Chung, a singer and actress, and were posted on Hong Kong Discuss Forum, an online community message board with content similar to Reddit but on a much smaller scale. The forum allows the posting of a variety of content, including anti-Communist political messages, nudity and gambling.
HK star apologizes after nude pictures leak online
Edison Chen's Sex Photo scandal
In a video statement Chen, 27, called the postings of the photographs "intentionally hurtful and malicious. Police believe the images were copied from Chen's computer when it was serviced last year. If you are still in possession of these images, I urge you to please destroy them immediately," a subdued-looking Chen added in the video. The photographs, which appear to show Chen in bed with singer Gillian Chung, along with suggestive images of actress Cecilia Cheung, were recently posted online, sparking a media frenzy in the celebrity-mad former British colony. Hong Kong police said some 1, private shots of celebrities had been stolen from a faulty personal computer.
Hong Kong singer and actor Edison Chen said on Thursday that he would step away from the Hong Kong entertainment industry, in his first public appearance since a nude picture scandal broke in January. He said in a brief statement he would fulfil existing commitments before stepping down "indefinitely". Police believe the arrest they made Saturday - one of seven total - is that of the man who initially uploaded the photos he found on a computer he was repairing.
Hong Kong entertainer Edison Chen said on Thursday he was quitting show business indefinitely after admitting here that he had taken the photos embarrassing several well-known starlets that had been leaked to the Internet. The year-old Canadian-born Chinese said he had come back to Hong Kong to "account for himself and to apologize to those involved in or effected by the scandal". I am sorry," the Vancouver native said at a press conference attended by hundreds of media.