“Canto-pop star Nicholas Tse Ting-fung, his record company’s driver and a policeman were yesterday arrested by anti-corruption officers over allegations that the singer switched drivers after crashing a HK$2 million Ferrari,” the South China Morning Post reported on April 13, 2002. On March 23, a Ferrari had crashed into a barrier on Cotton Tree Drive, in Central, and the luxury car had been abandoned when police arrived at the scene. A man soon approached and told the officers that he was the driver. An investigation by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) led to the arrests of Tse, 21, along with the “substitute driver” and a police constable. “It was alleged that an artiste was suspected to be the actual driver involved in the traffic accident,” an ICAC statement read, “but arranged another man to claim to be the driver for police inquiries.” The three were detained at the ICAC’s Admiralty headquarters for 36 hours before being released on bail. “I just hope this whole thing will be over soon and I can concentrate on my music again,” Tse said in an interview with Eastweek , a magazine owned by his entertainment company boss, tycoon Albert Yeung Sau-shing. The substitute driver pled guilty to “conspiring to pervert the course of justice” and was sentenced to four months in May. On October 2, Tse was “found guilty along with police constable Lau Chi-wai of attempting to pervert the course of justice”, according to a Post article published the next day. Tse, however, avoided jail, being ordered instead to perform 240 hours of community service. In contrast, Lau was sentenced to six months in jail. Both Tse and Lau tried to overturn their convictions, with Tse’s attempt failing in April 2004, when he was refused leave to appeal. Lau was able to clear his name in October 2004, having already served six months in jail.