iCable interview with Cecilia Cheung pulled

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 March, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 03 March, 2009, 12:00am

The second part of an explosive television interview in which actress-singer Cecilia Cheung Pak-chee talks about the internet sex-photos scandal involving pop star Edison Chen Koon-hei has been shelved.

iCable said it was pulling the show out of respect for Cheung and to 'protect' her.

Cheung had been continuously hounded by sections of the media speculating about the content of the second part of the interview, iCable Entertainment News said. The channel had also suffered inconvenience.

Last week, Cheung broke her silence in the first part of the recorded interview. She launched a blistering attack on Chen, who took a series of sex photographs with eight actresses and singers, former lovers including Cheung, Gillian Chung Yan-tung, Bobo Chan Man-woon and Rachel Ngan Wong-sze.

Cheung, who at several points during the interview was on the verge of tears, accused Chen of pretending to be kind and merciful when - at a court appearance in Vancouver last week, ahead of the trial of a computer technician accused of leaking the photos - he said he was trying to protect the women involved.

Her interview made it to the front pages of most newspapers after the first part was broadcast on Friday, and part two was due to be aired this week.

iCable said it was pleased to have won the trust of Cheung. It hoped the media would end the relentless pursuit of content in the second part of the interview, and stop trying to acquire details fraudulently.