A mainland businessman claiming to be the former lover of Phoenix TV presenter Shen Xing was yesterday given a suspended jail term and fined HK$100,000 after bombarding the anchor with calls and messages.
Li Jun (pictured) chairman of car dealer Abest Group, was sentenced to six months in jail, suspended for two years, for contempt of court. The court found Li had breached an undertaking to the High Court in September that he would not approach Shen before her application for an injunction against him was heard.
Li, 42, was in December placed on a two-year good-behaviour bond after he was arrested for breaking into Shen's flat.
But the High Court heard Li had continued to contact Shen even after she sued him.
On March 5, Li, 42, sent her a text message which said: "Thanks to you, my reputation is ruined in the prime time of my life. And you've continued to go after me. Your karma will come soon."
Under the September undertaking, Li pledged he would not harass Shen, 38, or go near her workplace, her two homes in Hong Kong or her mainland residence. He also promised not to approach or contact her.
But Shen said Li phoned her 20 times and sent her nine text messages between December 14 and January 25. The calls were made as late as 4am.
In one text message, Li said he had several "trump cards" which could ruin Shen's life but he also revealed his inner feelings.
"[I] spent 10 days in the prison and had sleepless nights for several months. [I] lived in pain," he wrote, apparently referring to the time he spent in custody. "My lawyer asked me to mount two lawsuits against you, but I chose to remain silent."
"After all [we] loved each other. Not as cruel as you," it read.
Approving Shen's application, Mr Justice Andrew Chung On-tak sentenced Li, who was absent and not represented.
In December, the prosecution decided to drop charges against Li of assault, weapons possession and criminal damage because it had failed to serve a witness summons on Shen. Li admitted breaking into Shen's Kowloon Tong flat and having a fit of jealousy when he found another man there. Shen denied that Li was her former lover.