Nude model denies accepting Gucci bag

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 19 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 19 May, 2012, 12:00am


A fitness instructor yesterday denied he had received a Gucci bag as a reward for a photo session by wealthy businessman Jerome Lau Ting-sing, who faces charges of assault and criminal intimidation.

The instructor and model, called D, testifying for a second day in the District Court behind a screen, also denied kissing and flirting with Lau.

Lau, who spent his 62nd birthday in the dock yesterday, denies two counts of indecent assault and two counts of criminal intimidation for offences that allegedly occurred between 2003 and 2008. Police seized more than 60,000 photos of men, including actors, models and civil servants, in his Happy Valley home.

D met Lau in Causeway Bay in August 2008 and chatted in an ice-cream restaurant. Defence counsel David Boyton suggested that D had pulled up his T-shirt to show his torso to Lau in the restaurant, but D said he had no recollection of doing so.

He also denied that he had suggested Lau meet him in another place the next day, saying 'it is not so good, it is too obvious in a public place' to reveal his body.

The pair met at Lau's home in Happy Valley the next day for a photo session. When Boyton asked if the session lasted for five hours, D said he was not clear about that. He said Lau pulled down his G-string underwear during the photo session.

The fitness instructor admitted that Lau had offered a Gucci bag to him during the shoot, but he said he did not take it.

Boyton showed the court a photo of D in a muscular pose, which he said was the first photo that had been taken on that day, at 5.20pm. Boyton asked what D had done with Lau between 3pm and 5pm. D said Lau talked about his company, upcoming shows and his fitness instructor, and denied he had kissed and flirted with Lau.

The court imposed an order to protect the witnesses' identities.

Prosecutors earlier dropped a charge of indecent assault against Lau concerning his alleged touching of an actor, known as C.

The last witness, a male model known as A, is expected to testify on Monday. Lau has been granted bail.