Over the past two weeks, someone calling himself "Kira" has posted hundreds of photos online that purport to illustrate the sexual exploits of Mr. Chen, a year-old actor, hip-hop artist, Pepsi pitchman and "newcomer" in People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive issue. The starlets include some of the biggest draws in Asia, including Gillian Chung, one half of Twins, a squeaky-clean pop duo featured in recent promotions for Hong Kong Disneyland. The result: China's first big Internet celebrity sex scandal. Hong Kong's newspapers splash the photos liberally across front pages, with sensitive portions blacked out.
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. Originally believed to have discovered 1, sex images, the Hong Kong Commercial Crime Bureau has found even more photos, as well as video, according to local reports published last weekend. Many of the photos were screen grabs of videos.
'Sexy Photo Gate' Mesmerizes Hong Kong, China and Sparks Police Crackdown, Backlash
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.
Vancouver-born Edison Chen has starred in 30 movies and recorded 12 Chinese-language hip-hop albums over the last eight years, but none have matched the popularity of his recently broadcasted sex y photography. As the flow chart to the right denotes, Chen has been implicated as the evil genius behind a collection of NSFW photos with various female Hong Kong celebrities. In fact, if the pictures were any more NSFW, they would walk into your place of work and fire you themselves. The images have been trickling out on HK blogs from the end of January to as recently as last week, as the scandal, which has taken the uninspiring name of Sexy Photo Gate, has not died down.