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. He did not give a specific time frame for his withdrawal. The photo scandal started with the uploading of hundreds of sexually-explicit photos starting on Jan.
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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.
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. In an interview in the December issue of T: The New York Times Style Magazine Singapore, Chen said: "What's important to us is to be recognised by the world that we are a Chinese brand but we work with the best company.
Twins singer Gillian Chung has revealed that she, like actress Cecilia Cheung, bumped into an apologetic Edison Chen on a plane after the rapper's sleazy pictures of the women were stolen and circulated online. Unlike Cheung - who made peace with Chen on a flight from Taipei to Hong Kong on Mother's Day in - Chung did not know how to face her former boyfriend and asked to change seats so she would not have to sit behind him, the singer was quoted as saying. According to Sing Tao Daily and Nownews website, which cited Chung's interview with a magazine that was released on Sunday, Chen noticed her on the flight out of Hong Kong but did not disturb her. Instead, he wrote his former girlfriend a long apology letter on the spot, and had someone pass it to her later. Chung was moved by Chen's sincerity, she was quoted as saying.