Tycoon's niece target of latest nude photos

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 10 February, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 10 February, 2008, 12:00am

Edison Chen's girlfriend said to be naked girl in shower pictures

Tycoon Albert Yeung Sau-shing's niece has apparently become the latest victim in the heated celebrity sex-photo scandal, as a new batch of photographs surfaced yesterday.

If the three new pictures of a naked woman standing in a shower are of Vincy Yeung Wing-ching - the current girlfriend of singer-actor Edison Chen Koon-hei - she would be the eighth victim of the scandal that has rocked the local internet and show business communities.

The new pictures were seen as a challenge to the police's authority, since they throw up questions about how many other pictures are out in cyberspace, despite police claims to have traced their source.

The pictures resembling Ms Yeung were among a new batch of more than 100 posted yesterday on websites based on the mainland and in the United States. They were available for downloading.

Meanwhile, Gillian Chung Yan-tung of Canto-pop duo Twins, one of the women purportedly shown in some of the images, would address the media tomorrow to 'clarify the false rumours', her manager Mani Fok Man-hei said.

Ms Yeung, a university student in Boston in the US, is the niece of Albert Yeung, chairman of Emperor Group. The group owns Emperor Entertainment Group, which is the Twins' record company.

A Chinese-language newspaper reported on Friday that Ms Yeung, interviewed in Boston, denied being involved in the scandal.

The new photos also included previously unreleased images purported to be of Chung and actress Cecilia Cheung Pak-chi. Scandalous photos of women resembling the two stars were among the first to be released a couple of weeks ago. A video showing a series of intimate acts performed by two people resembling Chen and Chung was also released.

Earlier photos also included images resembling former actress Bobo Chan Man-woon, modelactress Rachel Ngan Wing-sze, former singer Candice Chan Si-wai and Mandy Chen Yu-ju, a 2001 Miss Chinese International contestant.

All are rumoured to have been romantically linked to Chen.

A spokeswoman for Chen's management company, Rich and Famous, declined to comment on the new photos and said the media would be informed when Chen, now in the US, returned to Hong Kong.

Sin Chung-kai, deputy chairman of the Legislative Council's information technology and broadcasting panel, said the new photos suggested there could be more than one source.

'Since one man was arrested for accessing a computer with dishonest intent, this shows that there could be many other sources leaking the photos. It shows that people are challenging the police's authority,' Mr Sin said.

The police declined to comment since their investigations were continuing.

On Monday, assistant police commissioner Vincent Wong Fook-chuen said officers were close to the source after arresting computer technician Sze Ho-chun, 23, who was charged with accessing a computer with criminal or dishonest intent.

Sze was released on bail but 29-year-old Chung Yik-tin, the first suspect arrested in connection with the case, was refused bail.

While heated discussions of the scandal raged on the internet, some netizens on popular forums such as discuss.com.hk, uwants.com and hkgolden.com feared continuation of the scandal might ultimately claim the lives of some victims.

Charles Mok Nai-kwong, chairman of the Internet Society's Hong Kong chapter, said some in the internet community were aware of the seriousness of the scandal.

'While internet users enjoy the free flow of information on the internet, they should not abuse such freedom if they realise how hurtful this scandal could be to some people,' Mr Mok said.

Members of the internet community will take to the streets today to protest against the police's 'discriminatory' law enforcement against internet users. They claim police failed to investigate other cases of nude photos being released without their subject's permission. Nearly 1,000 have signed up for the protest.