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 in , was 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. He adjourned sentencing till May 13 but said a jail term was inevitable given the nature of the crime. The Canada-born Chen who publicly apologized for the controversy has since largely taken refuge overseas. A television station in Hong Kong was recently sent a death threat letter accompanied with a bullet, warning Chen to stop making public appearances.
CHINA: Sentence due for technician in Edison Chen sex picture scandal
Technician guilty in Edison Chen sex pictures trial - Reuters
The star at the heart of a sex scandal which has gripped China told a court today that it was "a very huge shock" when thousands of photographs of him in bed with women including well-known Hong Kong actors and singers surfaced on the web. Edison Chen was testifying against a man accused of accessing his laptop, which held the shots. The Chinese-Canadian actor and singer quit the entertainment business last year, after weeks of lurid headlines and pictures in Hong Kong erased his previously clean-cut image. The story became such an obsession that it crashed several servers and prompted the intervention of the territory's Catholic bishop, who urged people not to forward the photographs. On the mainland, some pages discussing the scandal received more than 25m hits.
Technician guilty in Edison Chen sex pictures trial
Having made his debut in the Hong Kong music industry in , he released a number of Cantopop and Mandopop albums under the record company Emperor Entertainment Group before finally making his first hip-hop album in Cantonese with the critically acclaimed release of Please Steal This Album. On 21 February he publicly announced that he intended to step away "indefinitely" from the Hong Kong entertainment industry due to the sex photo scandal in , in which numerous photographs of his naked body and private parts, and those of several Hong Kong Chinese actresses, were published online. Musically, Chen has since cemented his place in Chinese hip-hop with his comeback album Confusion , in addition to several successful studio albums since then. He was a student at R.
Say J. Say that laptop fell into the wrong hands. Hundreds of explicit photos of singer-actor Edison Chen and a bevy of female starlets — including Canto megastar pop singer Gillian Chung and actresses Cecilia Cheung and Bobo Chan — catapulted their way through the Internet after police say the files were stolen from Chen's pink Apple Macbook when he took it in for repairs. The whole debacle has been dubbed "Sexy Photos Gate.