Entertainer sues over 'social climber' slur

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 20 December, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 20 December, 2003, 12:00am

Eason Chan Yick-shun's girlfriend yesterday sued a magazine for libel over articles that described her as a materialistic social climber.

Hilary Tsui Ho-ying targets Sudden Weekly Limited in the High Court writ that is seeking undisclosed damages, including aggravated damages, for libel.

The writ describes Miss Tsui as a 'successful and popular artiste in the entertainment industry' who has suffered ridicule as a result of articles published on November 21 and 28 and December 5.

The writ says Miss Tsui began her career in the entertainment industry in 1993 and had since 'acquired a wide social circle and substantial reputation within the local community'.

But because of the articles, the writ says, 'the plaintiff has been subject to hatred and contempt and her reputation has been seriously damaged'.

'The plaintiff has also suffered considerable distress and embarrassment,' it says.

The writ said Miss Tsui's solicitors told Sudden Weekly that the articles were defamatory and demanded a retraction and apology before the December 12 edition.

That demand was ignored. The writ also states the magazine and its employees never attempted to contact Miss Tsui to verify the allegations published in the magazine.

Miss Tsui is also seeking an injunction to restrain the magazine from further publishing the defamatory words or circulating them.