Edison Chen (陳冠希) released a video message through his lawyers today. It was the first time the star had spoken publicly since sex photos purportedly of him, Gillian Chung (鍾欣桐), Bobo Chan (陳文媛) and Cecilia Cheung (張栢芝) started surfacing on the internet a week ago.
In the video message filmed at an undisclosed location, Edison spoke in English directly to camera in front of a plain wall.
He said: "I've decided to break my silence today and make this statement to the media and to all people involved in this strange ordeal. Recent documents being posted online have been intentionally hurtful and malicious not only to the victims but to our whole community.
"I have already handed matters over to the police and have been assisting them with this case from the first day onwards. Due to ongoing investigations, I am unable to comment any further upon this case.
"The lives of many innocent people have been affected by this malicious and criminal conduct, and in this regard I am filled with pain, hurt and frustration.
"I hereby use this opportunity to apologize to anyone who has been affected by this strange, strange ordeal.
"I now call upon everyone to help and assist the victims of this case. If you have ever downloaded any of these images, please do not forward them to anyone. Please do not send them to anyone. If you are still in possession of these images, I urge you to please destroy them immediately. Let's help the wounded heal their wounds. I urge you to help the victims and not make anything worse."
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