"Silly" Hong Kong starlet sorry for nude photos

Mon Feb 11, 2008 3:35am EST
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HONG KONG (Reuters) - Gillian Chung, one of several prominent Hong Kong stars caught up in a nude photo scandal, said on Monday she was naive and apologized for the incident that has sparked arrests and a media frenzy.

Chung, 27, previously known for her squeaky-clean image, made her eagerly awaited statement before a mass of reporters and video cameras flanked by Charlene Choi, her singing partner in the female pop duo "Twins."

"I admit that I was naive and very silly, but I've grown up now," Chung said, without explicitly saying she was in the photos.

"I want to thank my company, family and friends for their concern," she said in her first public comments since the nude images trickled onto the Internet a fortnight ago.

The photographs, which appear to show Chung naked in bed with male star Edison Chen, and suggestive images purportedly of around half a dozen other celebrities, including actress Cecilia Cheung, were recently posted online, provoking blanket tabloid coverage in the celebrity-mad former British colony.

Edison Chen, 27, apologized last week in a video statement, and called the postings of the photographs "intentionally hurtful and malicious."

Hong Kong police said some 1,300 private shots of celebrities had been stolen from a faulty personal computer, which local media have reported belonged to Chen.

A police investigation across the territory has so far led to eight arrests for infringement of obscene material laws, and the seizure of over 1,000 images.

"As for the influence this incident has had on society, I apologize. In the coming days I will continue to focus on my work and face up to my life," Chung added, amid cheers from her fans.   Continued...

<p>Gillian Chung, a member of the popular female duo Twins, makes a statement to reporters during a meeting with fans in Hong Kong February 11, 2008. Chung, one of the celebrities purportedly exposed in leaked nude photographs, apologised on Monday for the controversy and admitted to being naive in her first public comments on the matter. REUTERS/Bobby Yip</p>