Fri, May 25, 2012 - Page 14 News List

Pop Stop

Compiled by Noah Buchan  /  Staff reporter

Model behavior: Daniel Wu.

Photo: Taipei Times

The big news this week is Lau Ding-sing’s (劉定成) private photo collection. The Apple Daily reported that the wealthy Hong Kong businessman claims to have 100,000 photos of partially dressed and fully nude male celebrities, including singer William Chan (陳偉霆), actor and director Daniel Wu (吳彥祖) and actor, singer and model Stephen Fung (馮德倫).

Needless to say, the three celebs have all denied posing for the 62-year-old Lau.

The cache, which Lau has been bragging about to any news outlet that will listen to him, also includes body builders, sports stars and pretty much anyone else who would disrobe in front of him for cash.

But the lusty Lau might soon have the grin wiped off his face. Amidst much soul-searching in Hong Kong’s entertainment industry, where nascent actors are said to be lured into compromising positions to boost their careers, three unnamed actors and a fitness instructor have accused Lau of indecent assault. The case is ongoing.

Speaking of shutterbugs, a few weeks back Pop Stop predicted that if the paparazzi didn’t stop hounding Edison Chen (陳冠希) and his rumored teenybopper girlfriend Cammi Tse (aka Hsieh Chih-hui, 謝芷蕙), he would lash out at the media like Jay Chou (周杰倫) did outside a restaurant in Luodong (羅東), Yilan County last month. And so it came to pass — though Tse wasn’t involved.

According to NOWnews, Chen and his entourage spotted a few camera-wielding reporters while breaking bread on Saturday at a Beijing restaurant, and proceeded outside to confront them. During the ensuing struggle, a friend of Chen’s smacked one of the paps, a pummeling that was apparently caught on film. The reporter then cried foul to the police.

Now, if this were Hong Kong or Taiwan, the reporter would have been told to piss off, and that would have pretty much been the end of it. But in China, where as we all know the rule of law is paramount, Chen’s friend was promptly hauled down to the cop shop where he was forced to make an apology and pay off the reporter, whose camera was allegedly damaged in the kerfuffle.

If that weren’t enough, Chinese starlet Wu Sifan (吳思凡) has accused Chen of harassment after he allegedly sent her sexually suggestive messages.

Chen apparently got Wu’s phone number when they met on the set of Tourbillion (陀飛輪). In one text message, Chen invites Wu back to his hotel room. Another asks: “Do you want to play with me?”

Well, at least she’s legal.

After the news broke, another actress from the same movie claimed that Chen also sent her a text message inviting her to a menage a trois with Wu.

Netizens, however, are questioning the veracity of the accusations, claiming that Chen’s original texts were sent in English and all the messages shown on the Internet are in Chinese.

As one netizen commented: “Edison Chen has become a tool for starlets to promote themselves.”

Another starlet who appears to be drumming up attention for herself is Leni Lan (藍燕). The Chinese actress implied to reporters at a press conference held to promote the movie Hormone (青春荷爾蒙) that she prefers women to men.

“I’d certainly not choose men … [because] they don’t make me feel safe,” she said, according to Xinhuanet. Perhaps she had Edison Chen in mind when she spoke those words.

She added that her hero is Leslie Cheung (張國榮), a Hong Kong actor and musician who committed suicide in 2003. Media reports at the time suggested that he took his life because of problems with his boyfriend.

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