TVB director, Cheung Wing Ho’s (張永豪) harsh treatment of Jenny Lau (劉蔚萱) has been heavily criticized by the public. During the filming of Heart Road GPS <心路GPS>, Cheung forcibly shoved Jenny against the door in anger after the newcomer generated outtakes, making the actress collapse into tears.
This incident resulted in forty-one public complaints filed with TVB, in which viewers felt that Jenny Lau was treated unfairly and unethically.
Catherine Tsang Vows to Find Source of Leaked Clip
Following the leaking of the video clip, TVB Director of Drama Production, Catherine Tsang (曾勵珍), held a press conference with Heart Road GPS producer, Lee Yim Fong (李艷芳). Catherine stated, “I do not know what is the big deal! First, Director Cheung is not my biu dai!” However, it was discovered that on Cheung Wing Ho’s Facebook profile, he indicated that he is Catherine’s relative.
At the press conference, Catherine argued that the leaked video clip was only an excerpt of the incident, maintaining that Cheung Wing Ho was instructing Jenny how to act, rather than maltreating her. Catherine also vowed to investigate the source of the video clip. It was suspected that an undercover mole from TVB’s “competitor” may have filmed the clip and uploaded it online. After finding out the mastermind, the company is reportedly intends to file a police report.
Jenny Lau Scolded to Tears?
Jenny was summoned to meet with a TVB Drama Production executive. The executive reportedly did not console Jenny and asked her right away, “Did you film the video clip?” Jenny allegedly burst into tears on the spot.
In charge of the Artist department, Virginia Lok (樂易玲) vowed to ensure safe working conditions for the actress. Ms. Lok stated that Jenny was not happy over the incident, “However, I have to praise Jenny for handling this incident well; she responded well to the questions. She is unhappy after hearing rumors that if she were to offend Catherine Jeh, then she will have not have a job. I do not believe that Catherine Jeh will do this.
“Anyway, the Artist department will ensure that the working environment for Jenny is safe,” Ms. Lok added that the video clip viewing made her feel uneasy. Ms. Lok urged that the Drama Production department be more considerate of artists in the future.
Artists Support Jenny Lau
Artists continue to support Jenny Lau in the controversy, striking down director Cheung Wing Ho for his extreme methods.
Chilam Cheung (張智霖) felt that the director should not teach artists how to act in such a manner, thoroughly scaring newcomers. The results would be counterproductive.
Charmaine Sheh (佘詩曼), who was once cursed by director Cheung with profanities when she was a newcomer, stated, “Regarding such a poor quality person, I do not wish to make any comment. I do not think that girl should be afraid and should not give up her ideals. The entertainment circle is full of good directors!”
Ada Choi (蔡少芬) said, “I felt shocked after viewing the video clip. How can you treat people in this way? And she is a woman after all! Even if she were a newcomer, she should be treated with respect. The director’s actions are ridiculous and annoying!”
Chapman To (杜汶澤) said, “This guy (Cheung Wing Ho) was already a bit crazy when he worked as a Production Assistant at ATV…. If the girl were not a newcomer, would he dare to do this? If he messed with my wife (田蕊妮 Kristal Tin), I would kill him!”
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