If you aren’t detached from the entertainment world, you wouldn’t have missed this headline making news that broke on Sunday and carried on until today.
Apparently, photos of Hongkong artiste, Edison Chen bedroom antics with his ex-girlfriends Gillian Chung (Twins), Bobo Chan and subsequently Cecilia Cheung were released over the past three days in a pre-mediated motion.
8:30pm – Photos of Edison and Gillian bedroom antics posted
9:00pm – Posted message saying Bobo Chan and Cecilla Cheung sex photos coming soon
3:00pm – Bobo Chan & Edison oral sex photo published, poster says something big will happen tomorrow afternoon at 4pm
12:30am – Photo of Cecilia touching herself published
3:30pm – 5 screencaps of Edison and Gillian in a sexual act published and is believed to be identical to the initially published photo
6:00pm – Photo of Cecilia exposing her butt published. Many posts on various forum promised that a sex clip believed to be Edison and Gillian will be next.
Emperor Entertainment Group (EEG) representing both Edison Chen and Gillian Chung have insisted that the photos are doctored and have made a police report. Cecilia too have done likewise through her manager. No mention from Bobo who had already retired from showbiz in 2006 and is less widely known than the other two outside of Hong Kong. Even though there are no conclusive evidence that these photos are doctored, practically all the media in Hong Kong are saying it is and you can guess EEG is trying to play down the mess that Edison had created.
According to reports from Hong Kong, this incident involved a slew of Hong Kong female stars which include Maggie Q, Stephy, Niki Chow, Cecilia Cheung, Rosanne, Elva, Jolin, Gillian and Bobo Chan. But as of now, only photos of three stars have been posted and the rest of them have been spared thus far. It might be because the matter has gotten too big and the poster has temporarily vanished to save his ass. Edison must be really capable to have done this in the first place and since all photos came from his phone, it’s believed that his lost phone is in the hands of that poster right now. There were also reports that the malicious poster had visited several Hong Kong newspapers to sell the photos but were rejected. He must really have a grudge against Edison or looking to create mischief or make quick bucks.
Hong Kong netizens meanwhile have done some investigation of their own and compared and contrasted the background of the supposedly doctored pictures against videos and photos of Edison doing an interview in his own home in the past. The number of things that look identical were uncanny similar. Expert opinions from experienced photographers and photoshop gurus have also pointed out that it can’t be faked.
Fans of Gillian Chung believed that the photos are doctored as one of the shots of Gillian appeared exactly the same as one scene in one of her old movies. That might account for one photo but how do you explain the series of photos.
Hong Kong police have listed this as a criminal case and enlisted the help of the Interpol to track down the poster who is believed to have used a computer terminal in one South-East Asian country to commit this crime. Various ISPs have also been roped in to censure and take down websites that posts links to these pictures. But once they get onto the internet, it’s just damage limitation at best.
Personally, I would think it could be another marketing ploy by EEG but this is much too serious. With Edison and Gillian the unfortunate people involved in yet another scandal, this might be their biggest ever scandal and will possibly taint their image, it would be much worse for Gillian definitely who has had to endure many such incidents in the past. Because they are stars, the issue is blown out of proportion. The invention of the camera phone is once again a bane with incidents like these. I believe that the photos are kind of real and it’s impossible to doctor a series of pictures from the handphone.
The infamous just got even famous and will be a major headline story of 2008!