Actor-director-producer Eric Tsang Chi-wai was arrested yesterday on allegations of slapping businessman Kenny Wee Ho in an Admiralty hotel earlier this month.
Wee, husband of Suki Chui Suk-man, a 2006 Miss Hong Kong contestant, told police earlier that Tsang slapped him in a dispute at a wedding party at the Marriott Hotel.
A police spokesman confirmed that a man surnamed Tsang, 59, was arrested at Central police station yesterday in connection with a common assault and criminal intimidation case. The man was bailed and ordered to report back in mid-January.
A police source confirmed the arrested man was Eric Tsang.
Tsang said: "[I was just] assisting [the police] investigation. I can only say this much."
The source said Wee insisted to police that Tsang had slapped him. The actor was arrested when he was invited to Central police station for investigation.
Tsang, who was accompanied by a lawyer, has denied the allegations, the source said.
Earlier, Canto-pop singer Eason Chan Yik-shun and wife Hilary Tsui Ho-ying denied Tsui was a drug abuser amid claims a video had been shot showing celebrities taking drugs at Wee's restaurant. Chan's lawyer complained that someone was attempting to criminally intimidate his client with a "so-called video clip".
The lawyer also brought up another incident involving Tsui and a female friend at the restaurant.
The board of the restaurant, which is headquartered in Taiwan, issued a statement yesterday saying that what the lawyer had raised was libellous and it would reserve its legal rights.
On the video clip rumours, the statement said there was a notice at the entrance advising of CCTV cameras in the restaurant that were there to protect customers' safety and the restaurant's property, but it did not elaborate.