Chen: Sex photo scandal 'an accident'

Actor Edison Chen (above, in a screengrab from Vice.Cn) hits out at people who criticised him following the 2008 scandal.
Actor Edison Chen (above, in a screengrab from Vice.Cn) hits out at people who criticised him following the 2008 scandal.PHOTO: VICE.CN

HONG KONG • Seven years after appearing at a press conference and apologising for the Hong Kong sex photo scandal, Edison Chen has turned defiant, saying it was "an accident".

In a documentary which aired on Monday on Web magazine Vice China, he also hit out at people who criticised him following the 2008 scandal in which stolen pictures of celebrities such as Cecilia Cheung leaked on the Internet.

"Many people asked, if I could go back and change something, what would I change? I would reply I would not change a thing," he said in the first of three episodes which shows him at work in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo and Shanghai.

"I'm happy now. Although some unhappy things had happened, I did not do them deliberately and I had no evil intent. This was an accident."

His fashion business has broken the US$10-million (S$14.1-million) mark in annual revenue, but Chen said, after the scandal, some people had pronounced him finished.

"I thought, you want to taunt me? I will work 10 times harder and show you," he said. "When the time comes, they will have nothing to say because the facts are out there. Whatever you are doing, heaven is watching."

He was also scathing, saying his supporters were "cleverer" while his haters "must surely be jealous of me or brainless", reported website ifeng.com.

"I could use my hands and feet to count the true friends I had in Hong Kong and China. Many people after the incident washed their hands of me. They said they didn't know me," he added.

The documentary, titled Being EDC, had six million hits in China in the three hours after it started airing, Apple Daily reported.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 02, 2015, with the headline 'Chen: Sex photo scandal 'an accident''. Print Edition | Subscribe