Many mainland entertainers were inundated with telephone calls at the weekend when the phone numbers of about 600 celebrities started circulating on the internet. It is not known who posted the list, which included the mobile phone numbers of rock legend Cui Jian , actresses Zhang Ziyi and Zhao Wei , movie directors Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige, as well as Hong Kong movie stars Ng Sin-lin and Dicky Cheung Wai-kin. The list first appeared in internet chat rooms and online forums, but word spread quickly at the weekend after several key internet portals carried versions of published print media reports. Many of those on the list said they had been harassed by calls from the public. High-profile model Jiang Peilin told the China Business View that her phone had been flooded with text messages and she had fielded sordid calls at night. 'When I answered the phone, several of the callers used dirty words. It's driving me crazy,' Jiang said. China Central Television anchorman Sa Beining told the South China Morning Post he had recently received several calls. 'It is irresponsible to publicise the contact details of other people, regardless of whether the intention is good or bad,' Sa said. The release of the phone numbers has seriously hampered communications among members of the entertainment industry. Zi Li, assistant to well-known stylist Tony Li, said: 'We are very upset. His phone is used for business. If we change the phone number our business will be affected.' This is not the first time that high-profile personalities' contact details have found their way into the public domain. In September, the Beijing-based Big Star weekly printed the home addresses of dozens of celebrities. Claims that a reporter from the China Business Morning View had lost a contact book containing the same details as those circulated on the internet have been denied by the newspaper.