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Handsome Male Actors Often a Target for Indecent Proposals

By on May 18, 2012

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The scandalous court case involving male actors who took nude photos for 62-year-old wealthy businessman, Lau Ding Sing (劉定成), aroused curiosity as to which actors may have sacrificed their bodies for money and fame. It was rumored that Mr. Lau’s private photo collection included partially or fully nude photos of 35 male actors and Hong Kong police officers. Hot-bodied Him Law (羅仲謙) was widely reported to have disrobed for Mr. Lau, a rumor which Him Law’s management company has denied in a press statement.

Lau Ding Sing: “All Actors Are Money Hungry!”

The 62-year-old defendant, Lau Ding Sing, possessed immense wealth. His sister was the daughter-in-law of Macau gambling tycoon, Fu Lo Yung (傅老榕). After his university graduation, Mr. Lau studied fashion design in Japan and Europe. Twenty years ago, Mr. Lau returned to live in Hong Kong, relying on the wealth of his family to afford his expenses. Mr. Lau possessed a 1,000 square feet apartment in the Happy Valley district and 4 other residences in the Repluse Bay area.

In an interview with Apple Daily  in October 2011 , Mr. Lau admitted that he was gay. He said that male actors agreed to take nude photos for him because they were greedy for money. Mr. Lau said, “I stated my terms clearly. If they need my help, they have to show a bit of sincerity, by revealing their fully nude bodies! One is willing to buy; one is willing to sell! They are all adults; they allowed me to take the photos for money. Everyone in the entertainment industry is greedy for money and fame!”

Mr. Lau’s statement revealed that he did not feel that he took advantage of the subjects in his nude photo collection. However, wealthy men such as Mr. Lau, who believed that money can purchase the enjoyment of beautiful bodies, were often regarded as predators taking advantage of others in less favorable financial positions.

Him Law Clears Own Name

Since Him Law often displayed his naked muscular torso for photo shoots, film and television projects, he was quickly linked as one of Mr. Lau’s nude photo subjects. On May 16th, Him Law’s management company issued a press statement indicating that he never took fully nude photos in any paid or unpaid offers. Him did not participate in any unethical activities. The company reserved the right to pursue legal action over any unfounded claims.

Despite being linked to the scandalous nude photo case that Him Law wished to extricate himself from, TVB artists such as Michael Tse (謝天華) and Chin Ka Lok (錢嘉樂) continued to joke about the matter. Michael said, “I’m already too old! I will leave the opportunity to the young ones!” Michael then pointed at Him Law, who happened to be standing next to him at the time of the interview.

Chin Ka Lok commented on the nude photo case, “I’m so fat; of course I’m not part of it!” Asked what he thought of male actors who took nude photos, China Ka Lok said, “Hm! I will have to ask Him Law about it later! It doesn’t matter! There are different needs!”

Matthew Ko Attracted Gay Men

Handsome actors appeared to be the target of indecent proposals, a fact that Mr. Hong Kong winner, Matthew Ko (高鈞賢) was well aware of. Matthew said, “I admit that I often attract the attention of [gay men]. I know that they like my type. There have been men who have flirted with me. They will ask me out by offering work projects, but I ask my manager to accompany me each time.”

Matthew erased any possibility that he had taken nude photos for money. “Otherwise, I would be driving a Ferrari instead of a Honda! I will not be living in Tseung Kwan O!”

Pakho Chau: “A Man Tried to Kiss Me!”

Aside from making millions of fan girls scream, handsome Pakho Chau (周柏豪) apparently tempted men to kiss him as well. When Pakho was working as a model, he was taken advantage of. Pakho said, “A gay man had rushed over to kiss my lips! I moved aside, so he was only able to kiss the corner of my mouth. He said he will help me change my clothes, while touching my butt! So I refused his help!”

Pakho cleared any misconceptions that he was discriminatory towards gay men. Pakho said that he felt his body was taken advantage of, given the circumstances at the time.

Cheung Wing Hong Took Photo Shoot Without Underwear

TVB actor, Cheung Wing Hong (張頴康), who had filmed The Mysteries of Love <談情說案>, revealed that he had filmed indecent photos in the past. He put on a mesh shirt and as his pants were very tight, the photographer asked him to remove his underwear.

During the photo shoot, the photographer indicated that he was gay and asked if Cheung Wing Hong was interested in making money with him on the side. Asked if the photographer had requested for sexual favors during the photo shoot, Cheung Wing Hong said no. “If he made such a suggestion, I would have hit him!”

Stanley Cheung Took Odd Photos

Stanley Cheung (張景淳), of When Heaven Burns <天與地> fame, professed that he was caught in an uncomfortable photo session in the past. “I was wearing my own clothes and posed in a normal way. I did not reveal any nudity and did not have bodily contact with the person. However, he looked at me in an odd way.”

Since the photographer did not use a professional-grade camera, and only an automatic point-and-shoot model, Stanley acted upon his personal doubts and left the photo shoot.

Benjamin Yuen and Kenny Wong Worked as Nude Models

Both Benjamin Yuen (袁偉豪) and Kenny Wong (黃德斌) admitted that they posed as nude models for art class students. They denied that they had stripped for money under indecent conditions.

Benjamin Yuen said, “At the time, I had not entered TVB yet. I will not pose for nude photos,” but he was apparently comfortable in modeling nude for an art class.

Kenny Wong said that he posed as a nude model for an overseas artist several years ago. “Before starting, I wrapped a towel around myself. When it was time for the painting to start, the perspective was only from the side and not full frontal nudity.” Kenny said that he has never been solicited to pose in indecent photographs, nor has he been inappropriately touched.

Source: Sudden Weekly #877 via ihktv.com,  Oriental Daily, Oriental Daily, Oriental Daily, Oriental Daily

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Jayne: I didn’t realize that Benjamin Yuen and Kenny Wong had worked as nude models for artists in the past. Benjamin did not elaborate on the details of his modeling session, so not sure if it was full or only partial nudity. Such activities supplemented their income in their early careers. I know Benjamin was a struggling actor for years until he won Mr. Hong Kong.

The recent news that handsome actors are also heavily targeted for indecent proposals put things into place. I found Matthew Ko’s response to be quite straightforward, in stating that he has often been invited to “jobs” that perhaps had an ulterior motive.

I also believe that the Mr. Hong Kong competition unwittingly made many participants an object of such indecent offers, since many muscular bodies were on display.

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  • Readers' Comments (37)

    1. elin says:

      well as he said one willing sell one wlling buy a win win thng lol

    2. gemma says:

      as long as the guys wasn’t blackmailed or forced into taking these nude pictures then i don’t see the problem.
      although i think the old man is a bit of a creepy pervert as he is collecting pictures of nude famous men, reminds me of other perverts who store pictures of kids. a bit of a sick fantasy really.

    3. pandamao says:

      Matthew Ko attracts Gay men <– so true. He's got that slim physique. Most of my gay friends don't really like the extreme muscles.

      I am actually turned off by Him's big muscles. I wonder if Kevin Cheng was approached. He seemed a little too old to be "crazy freak's" cup of tea. He's my cup of tea though! *winks*

    4. Hmmm says:

      “One is willing to buy; one is willing to sell! They are all adults; they allowed me to take the photos for money. ”

      Exactly! The witch hunt against Lau is hypocritical. I know he broke HK law which I don’t agree with but the public judgement against him is wrongheaded. The actors were willing to sell because of a perceived benefit to themselves now they turn around and act like victims. Give me a break.

      • Kidd says:

        You can always refuse the offer of the rich tycoon. He’s not pointing a gun at your head to force you to pose for him.

      • Veejay says:

        Maybe I’m a bit old fashion, I always thought working in an entertaining industry is not an easy job. Artists are often “forced” to accompany rich tycoons for dinners, etc and if they didnt obey the order from their companies, they may not get any good roles or opportunity to be famous.

    5. Funn Lim says:

      I am not surprised and I am not surprised the work they did. In fact if you were to tell me they worked as gigolos to survive I am not surprised too. Point is that’s the past. People need to do whatever they need to do to earn a living and survive. I won’t judge them by that. But cue the gay bashing.

      • Jayne says:

        Funn,
        “I am not surprised and I am not surprised the work they did. In fact if you were to tell me they worked as gigolos to survive I am not surprised too.”

        I’m not surprised either, given the frequent whispers of “dinner dates with wealthy businessmen.” Many female celebrities have been rumored to be taken care of by rich men, so it only makes sense that handsome actors are also the target of indecent proposals. As for Mr. Lau’s photograph fetish, although he desired full nudity, perhaps many modeled partially nude (in thongs) and didn’t mind, since it is not too different from modeling for an art class.

        This incident just sheds more light on the fact that not everything is pink roses in the entertainment industry, even for men.

      • Vivien says:

        Agreed. I won’t judge them too even if they’re really gigolos and not surprised because ent industry is a hard work. This is just another kind of effort to get opportunities and connection.

    6. Kidd says:

      “TVB actor, Cheung Wing Hong (張頴康), who had filmed The Mysteries of Love , revealed that he had filmed indecent photos in the past.”

      At least, he is honest about it.

    7. Amy says:

      Michael Tse hahah!

    8. anoninhk says:

      >>>Matthew erased any possibility that he had taken nude photos for money. “Otherwise, I would be driving a Ferrari instead of a Honda! I will not be living in Tseung Kwan O!”

      just how much does he think his nude photos are worth?

      • pandamao says:

        Given that Matthew Ko is a bigger attraction to gay men than women, I would say he can easily get himself a Ferrari and live outside of TKO.

        I believe his remarks were geared towards, “unethical practice” and not solely on the pictures.

        • claimine says:

          @pandamao I believe his remarks were geared towards, “unethical practice” and not solely on the pictures.

          That is exactly what Matthew Ko meant.

    9. claimine says:

      Some of you may remember reading this 2006 titillating headline: Info Per a HK escort agency on the “Ranking of Millionaires’ Prices for a one night stand with actors.”

      paraphrased condensed excerpt:
      Even though many gay millionaires are drawn to actors this kind of gay sex trafficking posed a great difficulty to escort agencies. “Many actors no matter how much money was offered them refused to take this route.” Hence, despite the exorbitantly high prices offered, there were few if any takers at all. Moreover, if a wrong person was approached with the offer, the agent might even be berated with a stream of cussing. Conversely, it was much easier to approach the 3rd or 3th line actors who were strapped for money therefore would do anything for money.

      to read the complete article goto: http://ent.cn.yahoo.com/060415/352/27tg7.html

      Excerpt
      “断背”富豪开价 言承旭一晚高达五百万
      虽然越来越多的男富豪向男明星打主意,但对于淫媒来说这却是极大的考验,毕竟要男人做“断背交易”,心理关口绝对是一个难题,如果没有找对对象,分分钟被骂个狗血淋头。“很多男星是给再多的钱都不愿意走这一步的。”即使是交际手腕圆滑的“资深淫媒”,也承认难以向男明星启齿。很多男星是给再多的钱都不愿意走这一步的。”即使是交际手腕圆滑的“资深淫媒”,也承认难以向男明星启齿。

      虽然富豪们开出了高价,但是“供应市场”却十分少。淫媒指有一些本身有同性恋倾向或者双性恋倾向的男星就比较容易“下手”。此外一些经济有困难的三四线男艺员也或许会向淫媒提出“什么都肯做”的承诺。至今为止,淫媒曾经从中介绍过几个“等钱使”的男艺人促成了“断背交易”,不过当钱包松动后,该批艺员都不肯再做。这个市场,有价却“少市”。

      Book – Dignity is Priceless.
      尊嚴無價
      Recently a magazine ran a report alleging that certain powerful multi-millionaires are willing to pay exorbitant prices for a one night stand with male stars. And I, with the third highest price tag, actually had the dubious honor of being the 2nd runner up on the price ranking. Actually I really did not pay much attention to the report, but one after another, my friends called up to inform me that my ‘stock’ market value had risen to HK$3 million. When I heard that, I did not know whether to laugh or cry!

      From way back, through entertainment news, one would often read or hear about certain female stars’ underground relationships with some wealthy businessmen. Or that certain female stars had suddenly come into wealth, living in luxurious apartments with some pet dogs. But now incredibly, I, myself, am now among those being ‘fancied’. What can I say but that society’s moral standards have indeed declined greatly. The body and physical features are all bestowed upon us by our parents. Moreover, the invaluable worth of a character and morality can in no way be bought with money. Nothing to do with my being high minded, rather it is a matter of self-pride and dignity. To gain respect from others, one must respect oneself first. Not to say that money is not important but to trade in my dignity for it, I would rather die of hunger first!

      As to the credibility of this report, I have no interest to delve into it. Nevertheless, this report did bring up a thought that is worth contemplating: Do people live just to eke out a living? Or is it to attain a higher standard of lavish living? Once stomachs are satisfied, is there really nothing left to look to but ceaseless avariciousness?

      The truth is that humans are never contented for long. Once satisfied, a new desire arises! This situation not only applies to the entertainment industry but also to all walks of life. The pivotal question is: What needs to be appeased today? Is it a stomach’s cravings or a heart’s insatiability?

      I believe this is a personal choice.

      圖文並謬 p 64
      translator: Tamaya

    10. claimine says:

      2006 Brokeback price ranking drawn up by a HK escort co.:

      1. 言承旭 Jerry Yan HK$5 mil
      2. 古天乐 Louis Koo HK$4 mil
      3. 马浚伟 Steven Ma HK$3 mil
      4. 周渝民 Vic Zhou HK$2.5 mil
      5. 吴建豪 Vanness Wu HK$2.2 mil
      6. 陈豪 Moses Chan HK$2 mil
      7. 林峰 Raymond HK$1.8 mil
      8. 陈键锋 Sammual ChanHK$1.5 mil
      9. 黄宗泽 Bosco Wong HK$1.2 mil
      10. 张耀扬 Roy Cheung HK$1 mil

      credit:ent.cn.yahoo 2006-04-15 13:57

      • pandamao says:

        The list has changed quite a bit.

        Glad Steven Ma was number 3. I knew others loved his sultry eyes.

      • Veejay says:

        SM is at 3rd place? wow, that’s a bit surprise.. dont get me wrong.. I like SM and still like him onscreen. Its just that Vic & Vaness seems to have a sexier and hotter body than SM only hehe.

        • claimine says:

          @Veejay: Haha! I was also surprised by SM’s 3rd place. But per the same report it was not so much his sultry eyes (@Pandamao) and definitely not his body that got him so high on the list.

          As for Steven Ma, actually way back when he did Cao Ji in “Where the Legend Begins”, he had already gained much favor from the “gay comrades” (男同志): He won because his masculinity/strength has a softness/gentleness to it. And this time around, Safeguards shows off the tough guy side of him, totally charmed those guys.

          So yeah, it is not always having a hot or sexy bod, or good looks, but the role(s) the actor did can also heighten his attraction.

        • claimine says:

          But mind boggling to see such high rates for just one night. How tempting was that? Wonder what’s the nightly rates for the female counterparts?

        • Canto says:

          @ Claimine

          Yeah SM has a softness/ gentleness to his looks.

          Maybe that is both part of his charm and bane.

          I wonder is it because he doesn’t like sports and prefer reading/ writing…?

        • claimine says:

          canto: SM has a softness/ gentleness to his looks.

          Just realize I should have translated the Chinese phrase 刚中带柔 as “masculinity with a soft side” as opposed “softness”. It is not so much his looks but the sensitivity/gentleness of his character.

          @canto: “I wonder is it because he doesn’t like sports and prefer reading/ writing…?”

          Steven is totally into badminton and fitness exercises.

          One Pen Ma Column: Truly love to play badminton; friends said I have reached the fanatic level. Haha! Called me a badminton fanatic, I can’t object. So, who initiated this fervency into me? Many years ago because of shooting an interview program, I got to know Amy Chan Nim Chi (former HK badminton team member) so came in contact with badminton, this sport. For that, Amy can definitely be considered my initiation teacher.

          From first contact to passion, from amateurish playing and rudimentary know-how to learning badminton playing techniques from Coach Ng Leung Wah, my enthusiasm towards badminton only increases. The more I learn the more I want to do it well, the more I know the more I want to improve. Actually, what attracts me to badminton?

          Sometimes restrained sometimes swift, hang and smash, hit the four corners, attack vs defense, techniques for single vs double play etc. Every decision, every small change has to be decided almost instantaneously; in the heat of the game mind has to be calm and clear, judgment has to be precise and quick. This kind of pressure exacted from making decision within such a short span of time is the best kind of stress releasing for me.

          After my contact with badminton sport, not only did I become healthier but happier too! So I really have to say: “Badminton, thank you!”

          And Steven is also very into fitness exercises:

          <One Pen Ma column:"..the benefits of exercising go beyond providing us with a healthy body, what's more is that they are a panacea for maintaining a positive heart..the body secretes a natural biochemical, endorphin, that elates the mood and decreases the stress, bringing equilibrium to the person's heart and mind. In today's society, the health of the mind is sometimes even more important.

          weibo: The sweat on my body is the panacea for cleansing both my body and mind! Hope fans of mine and readers can experience the spiritual effect of this panacea.

          Steven defines the badminton court as his sanctuary where he can rejuvenate his body and mind simultaneously.

          Incidentally, Steven has been a Hong Kong Badminton association ambassador for many years now.

    11. nomad822 says:

      >>> Michael Tse (謝天華) and Chin Ka Lok (錢嘉樂) continued to joke about the matter. Michael said, “I’m already too old! I will leave the opportunity to the young ones!” Michael then pointed at Him Law, who happened to be standing next to him at the time of the interview.

      Chin Ka Lok commented on the nude photo case, “I’m so fat; of course I’m not part of it!” Asked what he thought of male actors who took nude photos, China Ka Lok said, “Hm! I will have to ask Him Law about it later! It doesn’t matter! There are different needs!”

      That’s just plain mean.
      They shouldn’t add oil to the fire.

      • Hannahh says:

        totally agree and Him Him was standing there with them.

      • Veejay says:

        Maybe “they” really didn’t know that Him Law was involved in scandal? Anyways, can’t blame Michael and ka Lok for making fun of Him Law.. like the old chinese saying says..”if you didnt do it, u have nothing to be afraid of” or “If you eat salt fish, you must be able to winstand the thirst”..

      • Vivien says:

        The old Michael tse and CKL are just jealous that Him is a lot hotter and getting all the attention.

      • lol says:

        Michael and Chin Ka Lok do sound insensitive to Him’s feelings.

    12. Hannahh says:

      Matthew does come across as gay but luckily he’s not.

    13. Tikianna says:

      Matthew is not even good looking. Not even average!!! Should change the title Jayne. They’re not handsome and the guy to the left looks cocky.

    14. Critics says:

      The title is totally and absolutely sexist.

      Actress are also target for indecent proposal not limiting to male actors.

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