Celebrity tutor Karson Oten Fan Karno, who was ordered to pay HK$8.8 million in damages after he lost a lawsuit against the centre where he had been employed, has been declared bankrupt. In a hearing yesterday, the High Court allowed a bankruptcy petition taken out against Fan by King's Glory Education Centre and related companies. Fan did not appear in court for the hearing. The tutor was ordered in July to pay damages after the court found he had breached his contract with the centre on several counts. In April 2006, the centre terminated his contract, signed in 2003, saying his conduct amounted to a repudiation of it. In the judgment in July this year the court found he had broken his contract with King's Glory by collecting students' personal data, publishing advertisements with misleading claims, showing students examination marking schemes and teaching online classes without the school's consent. He had also breached the contract by taking a job at another school within a year of leaving. He is now working with tutorial firm Cantab Education. He said yesterday he missed the court hearing because he had to conduct lessons. Now earning HK$20,000 a month, he said he had never agreed with the court's judgment. 'My earnings have been greatly reduced, as I no longer do things like advertising and printing handouts,' he said. He remained defiant, saying his mood was not affected by the bankruptcy order. 'I am bankrupt because they wanted me to be. 'I am actually happy about that. I have a good excuse now to ask people to buy me dinner and scrounge free taxi rides off my friends.' The English tutor is no stranger to controversy. Customs officers arrested him and seven other people in May for suspected infringement of the copyright of public examination papers. Another big tutorial chain, Modern Education, terminated its contract with him and sued him for more than HK$26 million for breach of contract in January.