A Hong Kong computer technician was convicted today of stealing the racy photos of actor-singer Edison Chen that shocked the Chinese-speaking world when they were circulated on the internet last year. The photos showed Chen performing sex acts with eight Hong Kong actresses and singers. They caused an uproar in the socially conservative ethnic Chinese community and forced the Chinese-Canadian entertainer and the other stars to take extended breaks.
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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. Chen admitted being the author and copyright owner of most of the photographs, and stated that the private photographs had been stolen and published illegally without his consent. He made a public apology, especially to the women involved, and also announced that he would "step away indefinitely" from the Hong Kong entertainment industry. In November , Chen purchased a pink PowerBook personal computer, a photograph of which he published on his blog. Employees who discovered over 1, intimate photographs of Chen and numerous female celebrities may have secretly copied these files.
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Shanghaiist is hyperventilating. Just when we thought the worst was over , a new set of pics have surfaced. After looking through the pictures, we had to take a while to recover from the massive nasal haemorrhage we suffered before we could calm down ourselves enough to put this story together oh how very self-sacrificial! The surfacing of the new pictures are an embarrassment to the Hong Kong police, who with the eight arrests they have made over the last few days claimed that they have already come down to the source of the pictures. To prevent the pictures from spreading further, the police have also highlighted to the public that it is an offence to publish, post or pass on the pictures. He has leaked about pictures and has promised more as well as a video.
A decade later, Chen, 38, who acted in box-office hits Infernal Affairs and Initial D , is proving that he can bounce back and have the last laugh. His fashion business - built up largely out of the public eye - is giving him clout again, with his label Clot even getting invitations to participate in the New York and Paris fashion weeks this year. Clot, which he started 15 years ago with a friend, is stocked by retailers such as Harrods, Dover Street Market and, soon, Selfridges.