Hong Kong singer's career in jeopardy after internet sex scandal

Other News Materials 19 February 2008 06:00 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa ) - A Hong Kong starlet's pop career was in jeopardy Tuesday after more than 2,000 people complained about seeing her on TV after she was embroiled in an internet sex scandal.

The avalanche of complaints over previously popular Gillian Chung, one half of the pop duo Twins, came after the release of pictures of her apparently naked with singer-actor Edison Chen.

Callers to the TV station and a broadcast watchdog called for Chung to be banned after she allegedly featured among hundreds of pictures of Chen in sexual acts with women, some of them celebrities.

The scandal, which broke out after Chen reportedly took his laptop computer in for repairs, has seriously tainted the squeaky-clean image of Hong Kong's so-called Canto-pop stars.

Gillian Chung attempted to put the controversy behind her by appearing on a show to raise money for the victims of China's recent snowstorms Sunday but the tactic appeared to backfire badly.

Many complainants said it was "inappropriate" for her to appear on TV so soon after the scandal. Chung has apologized to fans but refused to confirm if it is her in the pictures.

Nine people have been arrested in connection with the alleged theft and distribution of the alleged pictures of Chen and women which have been viewed millions of times in China and Hong Kong.