In 2008, intimate and private photographs of Hong Kong actor Edison Chen with various women, including actresses Gillian Chung, Bobo Chan, Rachel Ngan, and Cecilia Cheung, were illegally distributed over the Internet.
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 2006, Chen purchased a pink Power Book personal computer, a photograph of which he published on his blog.It may have come from e Lite Multimedia, a computer shop in Hong Kong's Central district.According to the police, Edison Chen brought his computer to the shop for repairs in 2007.
Employees who discovered over 1,300 intimate photographs of Chen and numerous female celebrities may have secretly copied these files.One close friend indicated that Chen liked to take photographs during intimate moments with his sexual partners, of whom 14 were celebrities, and privately showed these to a select group of close friends.The first intimate photograph, with likenesses of Chen and Gillian Chung, was posted on the Hong Kong Discuss Forum at approximately p.m. Although the original post was deleted after a few hours, the image did the rounds at other major forums in Hong Kong such as Uwants and HKGolden.Chung's management agency, Emperor Entertainment Group (EEG), immediately challenged its authenticity, and filed a police report.The following day, a second explicit photograph of Chen with another starlet appeared on the Internet. Gillian Chung had taken a leave of absence, and would not comment on the matter.Shaped by the denials, the initial media consensus was that the photographs were hoaxes.