Dead model's family sues Fang for defamation over statements

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 28 March, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 28 March, 2006, 12:00am

The sister of late model Annie Pang Chor-ying is suing lawyer John Fang Meng-sang, the model's ex-lover, for defamation over statements he made to the media. Pang's elder sister, Pang Ngor, claims that her reputation has been damaged in comments made by Mr Fang to the media following the verdict of the inquest into her sister's death.

A writ claims an unspecified amount in damages for statements by Mr Fang that Ms Pang says were false. In addition to the damages, Ms Pang has asked for an injunction to prevent similar remarks being made or published in the future. She has also demanded that Mr Fang place advertisements in the media apologising for his allegations against the Pang family.

In response to Ms Pang's claim, Mr Fang, the brother of former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang, said yesterday the newspapers which had published those statements should bear responsibility for any defamation.

'Ask [the Pang family] to prove their case in court. I think they are supposed to sue the newspapers and the editors because I did not publish anything. The newspaper published the things,' Mr Fang said.

Ms Pang told the South China Morning Post yesterday: 'I didn't want to hurt anyone, and hopefully no one is going to hurt me.' She and her family were upset over Mr Fang's comments in the wake of the inquest, she said, and the only time her family had approached Mr Fang, Pang's lover for 10 years, was to ask him to hold a funeral for her sister.

'Any payment from Mr Fang shall go to the Community Chest of Hong Kong,' Ms Pang's writ claims.

Pang's skeleton, with its skull in a nearby rubbish bin, was found on October 7, 1999, four years after she died in the Yau Ma Tei flat that Mr Fang had provided for her since 1994.

The inquest, which opened on March 22 after a long campaign by the Pang family, last week returned a verdict of death by accident or misadventure.