Movie man Raymond Ying-ho Law faces Vancouver sex and drug charges
Vancouver-based former tech guru charged with abusing a string of young actresses and models
A Vancouver-based movie producer is facing serious sex charges after allegedly abusing a string of young actresses and models.
Raymond Ying-ho Law's accusers say that he drugged, sexually assaulted, and videoed them, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported on Tuesday evening. The extensive indictment was posted on the CBC's website.
Law, 51, wrote and produced the independent feature film Ecstasy: too much fun can kill you, which had a plot eerily reminiscent of the charges that Law now faces. The film was about young women and the perils of drugs and date rape.
The broadcaster reported that five women approached Vancouver police and said that Law, a former tech-firm entrepreneur, had assaulted them between last December and June this year. He has been charged with 15 counts, involving four women, whose identities are protected.
He faces four charges related to administering overpowering drugs, four of sexual assault, six of unlawful observing or recording of a person while naked or engaged in sexual activity, and a single count of sexual assault causing bodily harm.
Alan Teck Meng Lai is Law's co-accused. He has been charged with seven counts relating to the same four women, as well as a fifth woman. Lai and Law are accused of drugging and sexually assaulting one of the women together, on June 11.
Law has been released on bail of C$20,000 (HK$146,400). Under bail conditions, he is barred from serving drinks to any female outside his family, from being alone with any unrelated female and has been barred from possessing any kind of camera or recording equipment. He is also barred from being on any kind of privately owned boat.
Law and Lai are due back in Vancouver's provincial court in about a month.
Ecstasy, released in 2011, depicts a group of young women and teenage girls who are drawn into a risky lifestyle of partying and drugs. Things take an even darker turn with depictions of girls being given drugged drinks and raped. It is listed as a joint effort by Law's Dolce Cielo Productions and Vicious Content Fims.
According to Law's apparently self-written biography on the IMDb movie business database, he is an "entrepreneur and technology veteran", having founded iSign Media Corp and invented a wireless broadband video delivery system. The tech firm is listed on the Toronto venture board.
The profile said that Law ventured into movie-making after selling iSign in 2007, writing a screenplay for an unproduced action film, Sweet Heaven. A YouTube trailer for the film, apparently produced in an unsuccessful effort to secure funding, shows it to be a crime-action drama featuring a succession of young bikini-clad women and scenes of drug taking.
Law was said to be working on a gambling movie, Poker Run, that his profile said was written with the support of star poker players. The current status of the film, intended to have been filmed in China and North America, is unknown.