A Hong Kong computer technician appeared in court today accused of stealing Edison Chen (陳冠希)'s sex photos when the star's computer went in for repair. Sze Ho Chun (史可雋), 23, pleaded not guilty to charges of dishonest use of a computer. His bail was extended until a pre-trial review next month.
Another man, a 24-year-old clerk, appeared in court on Tuesday, charged with publishing obscene material. He is accused of distributing the sex photos on the internet. No plea was taken. His bail was extended until next month.
Edison, 27, landed in controversy when sex photos of him and women – purportedly celebrities including Gillian Chung (鍾欣桐) and Cecilia Cheung (張栢芝) – started surfacing on the web, January 27, sparking Hong Kong entertainment's biggest scandal in memory. In a press conference, February 21, Edison apologized to the women implicated and announced that he would be suspending his showbiz career indefinitely.
The scandal ignited heated debate on many issues from privacy rights to police cronyism.