Sun, March 01, 2009

Cecilia Cheung publicly talks about sex photo scandal for first time

2009-03-01 02:13:05 GMT2009-03-01 10:13:05 (Beijing Time)  xinhuanet

BEIJING, March 1 -- Hong Kong actress Cecilia Cheung publicly discussed her sex photo scandal with Edison Chen for the first time on television Friday night.

Hong Kong-based i-CABLE Entertainment News Channel aired the exclusive interview.

A report in said Cheung showed sincere regret for her actions during the program and placed all the blame on herself. But she also criticized actor Chen, claiming he shed crocodile tears when he testified in a Canadian court last Monday for his involvement in the scandal.

The scandal involved the theft and illegal publication on the Internet of intimate and private photos of Chen with various women, including Cheung and actresses Gillian Chung and Bobo Chan. It shook Hong Kong's entertainment industry in early 2008 and received much media attention in China and around the world.

On Feb. 23, Chen attended a court hearing in Canada and testified against Ho Chun Sze, a computer technician who was accused of posting the scandalous photos online.

This official trial will take place in Hong Kong. Chen has refused to return to Hong Kong for the case, instead agreeing to testify in a Canadian court.

Chen said he wants to protect the innocence of those women involved in the photographs when he appeared in British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver to testify.

On the television program last night, Cheung said she appeared in public shortly after Edison's hearing, because she was fed up with Chen and blamed him for the scandal. When the photos were published on the Internet, Cheung said she tried to contact Chen, but could not reach him. She pointed out that Chen did not even apologize to her in person after the scandal broke out.

When Cheung discussed her relationship with Chen, she implied he was dishonest and unreliable and a hypocrite who brought shame to the women involved in the scandal.

In the interview, she also said women involved in the scandal had not expected Chen to protect them a year ago, but asked him now to give them the respect and dignity they deserve.

During the television interview Cheung cried when she talked about her family. She said she was very grateful for the support of her parents-in-law and especially her husband Nicholas Tse, whom she called the best husband she could ever have.

Chen, who flew to Singapore yesterday with friends for a publicity campaign reacted to Cheung's interview by saying that the scandal was his fault and he accepted all blame.

Cheung also said she would consider resuming her acting career if she was offered a good script, but for now would focus on her family. The actress almost stopped working after the scandal became public in last January.

In the meantime, Gillian Chung, another participant in the scandal, said she would resume acting work in early March after being in seclusion for about a year.


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