Edison Chen says 2008 sex photo scandal was 'an accident' in documentary Being EDC

Edison Chen speaking during a documentary on web magazine Vice China, during which he said the sex scandal he was involved in was "an accident".
Edison Chen speaking during a documentary on web magazine Vice China, during which he said the sex scandal he was involved in was "an accident". PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM 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 had criticised him following the 2008 scandal, in which stolen pictures of celebrities such as Cecilia Cheung leaked onto the Internet.

"Many people asked, if I could go back and change something, what would I change? I would reply that I would not change a thing," he said in the first of the three-part documentary 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 some people after the scandal pronounced him as 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 added.

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 off me. They said they didn't know me," he added.

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