The nude photo case involving 61-year-old wealthy businessman, Lau Ding Sing (劉定成), in which he was accused of coercing 3 male actors into taking nude photos, has grown increasingly scandalous. Aside from the 3 male actors, known as “Mr. A, B, and C” who were coerced, there were allegedly 35 actors and police officers who willingly took partial or fully nude photos for Mr. Lau. Him Law (羅仲謙), Bryon Pang (彭冠期), Benjamin Yuen (袁偉豪), as well as many former Mr. Hong Kong participants were on the rumored list!
Mr. Lau An Avid Photo Collector for 16 Years
Apparently, the wealthy Mr. Lau possessed a long-time penchant for photos of nude muscular men, with a fetish for police officers. In 1995, during a police investigation, it was discovered that Mr. Lau possessed more than 1,000 photos of uniformed personnel: police officers, firefighters, customs officers, and airport personnel. In some of the photos, the police officers wore their cop uniforms and underwear briefs below. Some photos were completely nude.
Mr. Lau carefully marked each photo with the subject’s name, age, police officer number, height, and even the size of the man’s fully erect member in some instances!
Despite the authorities discovering Mr. Lau’s private photo collection 16 years ago, this did not deter the pursuit of his hobby. Over the years, Mr. Lau continued to spend vast sums of money to have men willingly pose for these racy photos.
In 2008, one of the subjects of Mr. Lau’s nude photos called the Hong Kong Police Department and filed a complaint. Searching Mr. Lau’s house, more than 60,000 photos were unearthed, with numerous recognizable male actors in the collection!
Last year, when Mr. Lau demanded the police department to return his private photo collection to him, the authorities pressed official charges against him, for indecent assault and criminal intimidation.
Mr. Lau Promised Fame and Money for Nude Photos
In yesterday’s court hearing, one of the male actors, known as Mr. B, testified that he was coerced into taking the nude photos. Mr. Lau owned an apparel business and asked Mr. B to model in some photos in an apartment in the Happy Valley district. The apartment was furnished with many clothes and leather shoes.
As the photo shoot progressed, Mr. Lau asked Mr. B to increasingly shed more skin. After going topless, Mr. B then changed into a thong. Mr. Lau requested Mr. B to take fully nude photos, stating that many actors have done so. In Mr. Lau’s photo album, there were numerous famous actors.
Mr. Lau said to Mr. B that he knew senior level management in the entertainment industry and would introduce them to him. Mr. B agreed to strip fully nude. In the court testimony, Mr. B said, “My mentality at the time was to quickly take the photos and leave. Wearing a thong was already my limit. Since I have allowed the defendant to take many photos, I agreed to do so.”
Mr. Lau then attempted to touch Mr. B in the genital area. Mr. B said, “Whether intentionally or not, he (Mr. Lau) started touching my genitals. He made me feel very uncomfortable and humiliated!”
During the cross examination, Mr. Lau’s lawyer questioned whether Mr. B had attempted to seduce Mr. Lau with his suggestive poses, Mr. B insisted emotionally, “I am not gay!”
35 Actors and Policemen Willingly Took Nude Photos
It was reported that 35 men willingly took partial or fully nude photos for Mr. Lau. The list included many names which bore the same names as male actors, in which 8 were former Mr. Hong Kong participants, as well as policemen.
Him Law and TVB actor, Stanley Cheung from When Heaven Burns <天與地> were on the list of 35 willing men. The Mr. Hong Kong men included Bryon Pang, Benjamin Yuen, Lam Cheuk Fung, Wu Chi Wai, Lee Sin Hang, Leo Lee, Sin Chung Wai, and Leung Man Lung. In addition, Cheung Wing Hong, who was under Andy Lau’s management company, was also on the list.
In one photo shoot, Mr. Lau reportedly offered $60,000 HKD to a male subject in the exchange for nude photos. Mr. Lau promised that the photos were only for his private viewing pleasure.
Matthew Ko Shows Common Sense
Although not on the list of 35 men, Matthew Ko was initially linked to the nude photo case. Matthew said that he was unaware of the details of the case. Asked if he knew Lau Ding Sing, Matthew initially said, “Maybe he is a friend of friend.”
Afterward, Matthew stated, “I do not know him (Mr. Lau). However, many people approach me in the same manner. I know what they want. Of course, I will not agree to do so, especially when it came to taking photos! If someone promised to introduce me to friends, I will now bring my manager with me!”
Benjamin Yuen’s Brief Response
When asked if he knew Mr. Lau, Benjamin at first denied that he was involved in the nude photo case. Benjamin said that he did not know Mr. Lau. When asked if Benjamin had assisted with the police investigation last year, Benjamin paused and thought carefully before responding, “Mmmm…no.”
Him Law Worked for Upright Money
Next Magazine alluded that Him Law met Mr. Lau in 2003, when Him was working as a lifeguard prior to entering the entertainment industry. Next Magazine noted that Mr. Lau promised to introduce the right connections in the entertainment industry, making entry easier. However, Him denied that he took fully nude photos, stating that he earned money in an upright manner.
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Jayne: Perhaps it was due to the large number of Mr. Hong Kong men implicated in Mr. Lau’s nude photo case that made TVB decide to halt the competition this year. In March, the press started covering Mr. Lau’s case more prominently, due to the May court hearing.
Three weeks ago, TVB announced the cancellation of the Mr. Hong Kong competition this year. Now, I believe the decision was made due to Mr. Lau’s case and the possible negative publicity over Mr. Hong Kong participants. I am not surprised in some past contestants did pose in photos for Mr. Lau, especially if they are partially nude photos in thongs.