Triads Humiliate Catherine Hung in $4 Million Debt Collection
Former TVB artist, Catherine Hung (洪欣), has been featured in a series of street posters, demanding her to repay outstanding casino debt of $4.11 million HKD.
According to Oriental Sunday, posters with 42-year-old Catherine’s photo demanding her to pay the debts have been plastered all over streets. The posters were seen in crowded areas such as Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal, Happy Valley, Central district, and even TVB City.
Known best for her performance opposite Leon Lai (黎明) in 1993’s The Legendary Ranger <原振俠>, Catherine has focused on filming mainland Chinese dramas in recent years. Although no longer a TVB artist, triads plastered her poster in front of the studio, successfully capturing the media’s attention.
Aggressive Debt Collection Tactics
This is not the first time that triad debt collectors pushed aggressive tactics in trying to collect outstanding millions from celebrities. In 1999, triads called a “rape order” for then 19-year-old Cecilia Cheung (張柏芝) when her father, Cheung Yan Yung (张仁勇), failed to pay back his massive debts.
Since October, a triad handling the debt collection for a Macau casino has been responsible for plastering Catherine Hung’s posters all over Hong Kong and Macau streets, after $4.11 million HKD in debt has reportedly remained unpaid for one year.
The debt collection posters all feature the same head shot of Catherine, but with various slanderous remarks.
In the Central district, the poster had the following text:
Don’t believe this darling
She’s an expert in not paying her debts
In the past, she was an actress. Now, she is a cheat!!
Even if she pays back her debt now, it’s no use. Society needs to know about her terrible behavior!
In front of TVB City, a poster with the following text was found:
Her job is a prostitute and she cameos as a cheat
She takes money and does not return it. Trying to stop us?
Even if you call the cops, you still have to pay back the money!!
Catherine’s Father Owed Debt?
Conflicting rumors emerged as to whether Catherine or her father owed the casino debt.
The debt collector claimed that Catherine had acted as a middle-person introducing new patrons to the casino. She reportedly took advantage to steal $4.11 million in casino gambling funds from accounts that did not belong to herself.
Catherine denied that she owed the debts, claiming that her father had acted as middle-person for the casino instead.
Regardless, desperate debt collectors have used increasingly aggressive remarks to force Catherine to pay back the debts, whether they originated from her or not.
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