Computer technician guilty in Edison Chen sex pictures trial – Cervantes
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. Chen said he would leave the Hong Kong entertainment industry indefinitely after fulfilling all existing contracts.
Many local newspapers headlined the story consecutively during the first fortnight of February , relegating coverage of the Chinese winter storms to secondary prominence during Chinese New Year. In a crackdown which itself became a controversial item, the Hong Kong police enlisted the assistance of Interpol to stem the spread of the photographs. The police crackdown raised questions over violations of the privacy and free speech rights of Internet users.
A Hong Kong court on Wednesday found a computer technician guilty of stealing over 1, sexually explicit pictures off the computer of Vancouver-born actor Edison Chen, which were widely distributed and tarnished the careers of several stars across Asia. 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.