POPULAR Hong Kong fortune teller Lam Chun and his son Lee Hak-kan are being sued over 'libellous' attacks on a rival which they are alleged to have made in a series of books. Their target, according to a Supreme Court writ, was a devout Buddhist known as Little Maestro, a geomancer from Kowloon. The father and son are accused of deliberately trying to boost their profits by making malicious allegations about the other fortune teller in prefaces to three books. Mr Chun, well known for his Lunar New Year predictions and TV and radio appearances, is also alleged to have made defamatory statements in an interview with Eastweek magazine. The writ said that Mr Chun's son wrote and publishes books on physiognomy and geomancy. Both his son and the fortune teller who claims he has been libelled are called Lee Hak-kan. But the Little Maestro also uses the English name Frank. He trades as Lee's Geomancy Consultant. The writ said Mr Chun's son published a book, in Chinese, called Teach Yourself the Eight Cyclical Characters, last year. Mr Chun and his son wrote prefaces which attacked Frank Lee, it is alleged. 'In consequence, the plaintiff's reputation, both personal and as a Buddhist preacher, fortune teller and geomancer, has been seriously damaged and he has suffered considerable distress and embarrassment,' the writ said. Last year Mr Chun gave an interview to two journalists from Eastweek magazine and made further defamatory comments in an article published in December, it is alleged. The prefaces which Frank Lee complained of also appeared in two other books published by Mr Chun's son, it is claimed. These are called Good Luck in the Year of the Pig and Iron Abacus. Mr Lee has suffered further damage to his reputation as a result, according to the writ. Mr Chun, also known as Lee Kwok-chu, and his son are alleged to have not only made claims about the conduct of Frank Lee but to have also stated that they have evidence to back them up and to have appealed to the public to speak out against him. The statements which Frank Lee complains of were published recklessly or in the knowledge that they were false and libellous and were motivated by spite and malevolence, the writ says. It is further alleged that the conduct of Mr Chun and his son was high-handed or calculated to increase the distress and embarrassment of the plaintiff. The published allegations cannot be repeated because of the laws relating to libel.