China: Sex Photo Scandal

HONG KONG, CHINA: At least eight people have been arrested in connection to the spread of lewd photos of actor Edison Chen and other female stars on the web.

The police raided the eLite Multimedia shop in their search for the source of the sex photos and took away four computers for investigation. A 29-year-old male ex-employee was arrested at his home, the eighth suspect to be nabbed so far. His home computer was also taken.

Of the eight, four are out on bail. Two of those still held are reportedly, like the latest suspect, working in the computer industry.
Oriental Daily said shop workers near the computer store claimed they had seen Chen going in and out of the shop.

Reports had earlier said Chen had sent his notebook to a company for repair last year and his photos were secretly copied. But the police have not confirmed if the sex photos of Chen, and actresses Cecilia Cheung, Gillian Chung and Bobo Chan—circulated on the web last week—were real or fake.

Meanwhile, Chen broke his silence on the scandal and issued an apology through a video posted on youtube.com.

“The lives of many innocent people have been affected by this malicious and criminal conduct, and in this regard I am filled with pain, hurt and frustration. I hereby use this opportunity to apologise to anyone who has been affected by this strange, strange ordeal,” Chen said.

He pleaded to those who have downloaded the images to help the “wounded heal their wounds” by not forwarding and to destroy the photos immediately. (The Straits Times/ AsiaNews)

MySinchew 2008.02.09