Playboy blames kiss-and-tell claims on drugs and drink

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 March, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 March, 2002, 12:00am

Fallen playboy Louis Lo Siu-fai yesterday apologised for his recent behaviour and said he had been under the influence of alcohol and drugs when he made up stories about having affairs with starlets.

Mr Lo, 37, expressed deep regret for his behaviour, which has drawn criticism from celebrities and media critics.

'I, Lo Siu-fai, deeply regret making up stories to reporters . . . I had lost my mind and was hallucinating under the influence of alcohol and drugs,' he said in a statement.

'I know that no amount of words can rid me of my responsibility. Yet I sincerely apologise to those who have been affected.'

Mr Lo said what he had done was 'ridiculous' and 'unforgivable', adding that his family and friends had given him a 'serious lecture'.

The apology came nearly two weeks after he revealed details in a series of interviews about his alleged love life and those of his celebrity friends.

His revelations came ahead of a trip to London and Paris.

Shortly before he returned to Hong Kong last Friday, the failed property tycoon's parents issued a statement, through a solicitor's firm, apologising for their son's conduct, which they attributed to psychological problems.

'His recent statements to the media should not be considered true or factual,' their statement read.

Mr Lo had been keeping a low profile since a suicide attempt in December 2000 after his business empire collapsed.

But he resurfaced two weeks ago when he divulged intimate details to Eastweek magazine about his alleged relationships with a number of well-known starlets.

He also gave follow-up interviews to mass-market Chinese newspapers and magazines in which he gave vivid accounts of the sex lives of several tycoons.

Mr Lo's remarks set off a round-the-clock pursuit by paparazzi who followed him to London and Paris.