Actor Wu Jing sues over hospital prostate surgery ad

BEIJING • The advertisement declared that customers who opted for prostate surgery would go on to be the "fiercest wolf warrior in bed".

The claim, made by Jundu 339 Hospital in Kunming in China, was made in a brochure that featured actor Wu Jing, 45.

It was handed out to folk at Kunming railway station in July last year.

But the actor, who starred in the successful action movie Wolf Warrior (2015) and its sequel Wolf Warrior 2 (2017), had not given permission to the hospital to use his name.

Now, he has won a lawsuit against the hospital whose brochure said: "It takes only seven days to restore your prostate back to youth and let you be the fiercest wolf warrior in bed."

The Beijing Evening News reported that Wu was concerned that people would think that he suffered from a prostate ailment and that he was linked to the hospital.

On Monday, the court ordered the hospital to pay Wu 120,000 yuan (S$23,290) for economic losses and emotional distress.

Other Chinese celebrities have also gone after companies which have tried to profit from their fame.

Actress Angelababy, for example, has sued a restaurant over the illegal use of her image.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 20, 2019, with the headline 'Actor Wu Jing sues over hospital prostate surgery ad'. Print Edition | Subscribe