The defence counsel of a starlet accused of cocaine possession threatened yesterday to request a popular daily newspaper be ruled in contempt of court over a report about his client. Alan Hoo SC - counsel for 21-year-old Taiwan-born actress Cherrie Ying Choi-yee - said if Apple Daily did not publish a correction to the report, which appeared last Friday, he would consider asking magistrate Abu Bakar bin Wahab to rule it in contempt. Mr Hoo said the article caused great distress to his client, adding a letter to the newspaper pointing out the inaccuracies and asking for a correction had gone unanswered. The report had been referred to the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions who agreed it was incorrect, he said. Mr Hoo said he hoped the newspaper 'would have the decency to correct' the article, which concerned a pre-trial hearing. A spokesperson for the newspaper yesterday declined to comment on Mr Hoo's remarks. Ying, whose real name is Ting Win, is accused of possessing 0.35 grams of cocaine. She has pleaded not guilty and is on bail. She was arrested in November after a vehicle carrying her and three friends was stopped at a police roadblock in Cumberland Road, Kowloon City. A police sergeant told the court that as he approached the car, he saw Ying open a rear passenger door slightly and a packet of white powder drop from her right hand. The packet landed on the narrow panel between the car door and the floor, he said. Ying, who signed with China Star Entertainment in 2000, has worked with stars including Andy Lau Tak-wah, Lau Ching-wan and Louis Koo Tin-lok. The films in which she has appeared include Professional Killers and Fat Choi Spirit. She was also in the more recent Seoul Raiders. The case continues today at the Kowloon Court.