Benny Chan and Joe Ma Caught Sexually Harassing Rose Chan and Apologized for “Playful” Behavior

By on November 22, 2011 in NEWS, Scandals

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The day before, 19-year-old Rose Chan (陳嘉桓) was filming in Hengdian, China and met with several Hong Kong artists for dinner. Rose was sexually harassed by Benny Chan (陳浩民) and Joe Ma (馬德鐘), who forcibly kissed and hugged her after drinking too much alcohol. Benny roughly covered Rose’s mouth and his hands allegedly reached down to touch her chest and lower body.  Despite Rose’s obvious fear in reaction to Benny’s harassment, Joe Ma sat expressionless while sitting at the same dinner table, as if Benny’s actions were a normal occurrence. Timmy Hung ( 洪天明) was allegedly in a drunken stupor. No one came to Rose’s rescue during the incident. Sunday Magazine published photos of Benny and Joe harassing Rose, which led to shock and anger amongst the public.

Since Rose’s harassment incident was extremely serious, her management company summoned Rose’s immediate return to Hong Kong yesterday to meet with lawyers. Rose will be appearing at a press conference today and file a police report. Rose’s manager, Sin Kwok Wai (冼國林), was extremely angered by the incident and vowed to seek justice for Rose. Arriving at the Hong Kong airport last night, Rose appeared tired and did not respond to the media’s questions.

Initially denying that he forcibly kissed Rose, Benny Chan later relented and issued a formal public apology after Sunday Magazine’s photos chronicling the sexual harassment were published.  Joe Ma and Timmy Hung also changed their initial dismissal of the incident after incriminating photos were exposed on Monday morning.

Benny Chan Changes Tune and Apologizes for “Playful” Behavior

When Oriental Daily initially reported upon Rose Chan being forcibly kissed by Benny Chan and Joe Ma while in a drunken stupor, both Benny and Joe dismissed the gravity of the situation. Benny’s initial reaction when contacted by the press was, “What did I do wrong?” (Rose Chan indicated that you apologized to her after kissing her at the restaurant?) “Why did I have to apologize to her? Last night, we went for supper and the boss and assistant were there too. With everyone present, what could I have done?” (Did you hug and kiss Rose Chan?) “No! Why would I do that? The most I could do was whisper in her ear and put my arm around her shoulder. If she feels uncomfortable with such contact, then I will call her and apologize! I did not possess any intentions to treat her disrespectfully!” (Was Benny drunk at the time?) “I drank a little bit, but I was alert. I even drove my motorcycle home!” (Does your wife know what had occurred?) “No, she does not. I am very concerned what the press will write because my wife is about to give birth to our baby. I’m afraid you will scare her into giving birth early!”

However, after news of Benny and Joe’s harassment leaked, Benny apologized in his blog in a neutral manner, “I ​​was wrong; blame it on my overly friendly manner and treating people with a true heart. We were all filming in Hengdian and many friends were present. Perhaps my method of expression was too exaggerated, which led to others’ displeasure and my family and friend’s concern. I would like to say that I was wrong and finally, I would like to thank my wife’s trust. From now on, I will be cautious and beware of who I meet.”

After Sunday Magazine’s photos of Benny harassing Rose were published, the gravity of the situation worsened. Five hours later, Benny left another message on his Weibo, changing his tune and apologizing. Benny emphasized that he did not harbor any illicit intentions towards Rose, “Today I saw the newspaper reports. Due to my playful nature at that moment, it brought upon problems for many people. Rose was scared and Sin Kwok Lam (Rose’s sifu) was angry. I officially apologize to everyone involved in the incident and hope that the reports will not affect Rose’s work. I regard Rose only as a sister and do not have any illicit intentions. I hope Sin Sifu understands this point; I apologize again and again!”

It was understood that Benny Chan’s wife was currently pregnant. Mrs. Chan did not respond to Benny’s alleged sexual harassment of Rose Chan.

Timmy Hung: “Benny Forced Rose to Eat Sheep Penis!”

In yesterday’s Oriental Daily (prior to the exposure of the photos detailing Benny and Joe’s harassment of Rose Chan), eye-witness Timmy Hung (洪天明) noted that he was too drunk at the time. “In my muddle-headedness, Benny laughed and asked whether Rose wanted to eat sheep penis (羊鞭). Rose was shocked and very scared. Benny bit onto the sheep whip and forced her to eat it, perhaps giving the misconception that he was kissing her!” (Did you see Benny touching Rose’s body inappropriately?) “He was supporting her! From what I know, Benny was only playing!”

Timmy was shocked upon seeing the photos chronicling the sexual harassment incident. Timmy pleaded with Rose’s martial arts sifu, Sin Kwok Lam, who was intent on filing a police report, “I had invited Rose to dinner that evening. I also need to assume responsibility for what had occurred.”

Finally, Timmy put in favorable words for Benny Chan, “From what I know, Benny Chan loves to play and he is too zealous. The girl was too naïve and did not know how to block his overtures, thus leading to what had occurred. I hope the incident does not turn into a big scandal…we are all friends. Who has not done anything wrong?”

Joe Ma Closes Blog To Avoid Nasty Remarks

Prior to the exposure of photos documenting Benny and Joe’s harassment of Rose, Joe told Oriental Daily, “I was sharing a secret with Rose Chan.” (Did you touch and kiss her?) “No, I was just sitting close.” (What secret were you sharing?) “We spoke about forcing Benny to eat sheep penis.”

After photos were exposed detailing the harassment incident, Joe changed his tune, “I did drink some alcohol that night, but my mind was alert. Seeing that Rose was unhappy, I asked how she was and did not act without courtesy.” Asked about Benny’s behavior, Joe drew the line clearly, “I do not wish to speak too much about other things!”

Although Joe appeared full of smiles at a car promotional event yesterday with Ana R. and did not appear as if his spirits were dampened by Rose’s sexual harassment claims, Joe abruptly terminated his blog account last night.

A netizen, by the name of  “Fortunate Coola” could not withstand Joe Ma’s behavior and left a message on Joe’s wife’s blog, “He went too far! He is like a [expletive] beast! Mrs. Ma, you are so beautiful and capable, why don’t you leave him? Do not suffer anymore; it’s pitiful!” Mrs. Ma replied, “Thank you for your concern.”

   

Compiled from Orientaldaily.on.cc

Jayne: I compiled comments from Joe Ma, Benny Chan, and Timmy Hung from the last two days of reports from Oriental Daily in this post, to showcase their inconsistencies BEFORE and AFTER the exposure of the harassment photos. The three men are friends and obviously trying to play down the situation of what had occurred, but they were publicly caught lying. Joe and Benny denied kissing and touching Rose initially and look at the photos and what they were doing to her.

There is almost a “gang rape” mentality going on here between Benny, Joe, and Timmy. If alone by themselves, don’t know if they would have acted so bold in a public restaurant. However, with the three of them together, riding on each other’s jibes and taunts, perhaps they were more emboldened and acted more aggressively towards Rose. I am just glad they were at a restaurant and not at some hotel room playing cards for the night.

My assessment of what had occurred:

1. Joe sharing a joke with Rose that they will force Benny to eat sheep whip and got a friendly hug from Rose as they were both in the joke (Rose was still smiling at that point)

2. When Rose tried to play the trick on Benny, he got up and turned the tables on her. He probably forced her to eat bull whip (strong innuendo) and taunted her further by kissing and groping her.

3. Joe Ma looked on, probably used to Benny’s behavior. When Benny was done, Joe tried to “comfort” Rose and kissed her on the lips?

 As for Rose’s emotions throughout the whole ordeal…perhaps initially she was flattered by the men’s attention? They are likely more skilled in such flirtatious behavior and the group had fun initially. When groped by Benny, she appeared in obvious distress. Some readers question why no one came to Rose’s aid? Rose likely sent a lot of mixed signals to the people in restaurant. She was at first hugging Joe willingly, thus appearing as if she were with friends. It looks like they sat there for a long time; the diners were likely confused and didn’t know what to make of the situation, thus someone took photos of the incident and sold it to a tabloid?

42 comments to Benny Chan and Joe Ma Caught Sexually Harassing Rose Chan and Apologized for “Playful” Behavior

  1. uyenta says:

    i was gonna ask why no one helped her, but she may gave people a mixed feeling towards those two, so they were confused.

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  2. Littlegalpal says:

    Timmy Hung response is the worst. Are you kidding me with “The girl was too naïve and did not know how to block his overtures, thus leading to what had occurred” yeah buddy it all her fault because she too naive. I find him very likable before but I guess that over now.

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    • steve802 replied:

      typical answer from a MCP — male chauvinistic pig

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    • Vivien replied:

      Timmy’s response is fishy because if he was passed out drunk, he couldn’t have been knowing all what happened unless he wasn’t drunk and pretend to be drunk. Who knew what this three mid age buddies are planning

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  3. Masaharu says:

    Question: Can a statement from a drunken and dozed off “witness” taken into account?

    We had the story and POVs of the two men, the drunken-witness Timmy, and Rose’s manager. Now I want to hear more from Rose, the grapevine said she’ll be having an official press conference today.

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    • Funn Lim replied:

      Timmy said he was drunk and dozed off when it happened. Then he said nothing of that sort happened. So was he alert or not at that point? He can’t defend his friends and at the same time wash his hands clean.

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  4. Masaharu says:

    Jayne: I compiled comments from Joe Ma, Benny Chan, and Timmy Hung from the last two days of reports from Oriental Daily in this post, to showcase their inconsistencies BEFORE and AFTER the exposure of the harassment photos

    Jayne, nice job done with the compilation :).

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  5. Funn Lim says:

    I wouldn’t call it gang rape but I call it predatory. And if that is playful behaviour, I wonder how do they classify sexual assault? Release of pent up energy?

    Is the english translation not doing justice to their statement perhaps or do they really sound so stupid?

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    • jayne replied:

      Funn,
      Benny said, “因自己一時貪玩嬉戲帶來大家那麼多的麻煩” which can be translated as “Due to my playful nature at that moment, it brought upon problems for many people.”

      “貪玩” can be literally translated as “urge to play” thus Benny as excusing his behavior as playful and he made references that his behavior was also exaggerated.

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      • Masaharu replied:

        There’s a line between “playful” and “ham sup/salty”, and in my POV, Benny has crossed the line :).

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  6. Funn Lim says:

    “the diners were likely confused and didn’t know what to make of the situation, thus someone took photos of the incident and sold it to a tabloid?”

    Nahhhh I think paparazzi followed them.

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  7. Elle says:

    Yes, just sue the sh*t outta Benny. He’s obviously harassing her. I’m so glad her sifu is so bold! These guys gotta be whipped! Pity Benny’s wife.

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    • Veejay replied:

      Rmb seeing Benny’s mainland wife, she got a hot body but is currenty preggy now..Guess Benny didn’t get to touch her wife therefore his hands went into….Rose’s pant?

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      • exoidus replied:

        LOL, you are prolly right. if he can’t control himself he should go and find himself a prostitute instead of exploiting a “naive” girl.

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    • steve802 replied:

      1. sue the idiot for molesting and sexual harassment.
      2. sue Ma and Hung for abbeting the crime.

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      • Veejay replied:

        What about Evergreen and Aimee?

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  8. Darren says:

    Edison would have pulled this one off if he wasn’t ever caught snapping those pictures. He had the look and the sweet talk. Can’t deny that!

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  9. loungegirl says:

    “Blame it on my overly friendly manner and treating people with a true heart… Perhaps my method of expression was too exaggerated, which led to others’ displeasure and my family and friend’s concern.”

    How would Benny Chan react if some guy did what he did to his wife?? He called this an apology?? What a jerk.

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    • Veejay replied:

      He’s obviously trying his luck to see if “apologise” works for Rose or not, if apologise works, Rose can withdraw her police report (if she ever report)

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    • steve802 replied:

      he is a jerk, no doubt! lets leave the wife out of this, she is a victim too.pity her with husband like this.

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  10. Veejay says:

    @Jayne,

    To answer your question why no one come to the aid to Rose when she was showing alot of distressed emotions.. that’s because ppl from China simply doesn’t care. For eg, a 2 yrs toddler that got ran over by 2 cars and ppl just walk passed her and leave her mutilated body there to death..and there was another case also a toddler, got hit by some tree branch and the poor boy was still alive after it got it by the branch but ppl just walk passed it again, ignoring the boy and by the time, the ambulance arrives, the poor boy was already dead. The mom was seen on tv last few weeks crying why no one come to the aid of her little boy…Question is…where was the mom when the boy was playing under the tree?

    Same goes to Rose, not many know Rose in China since she appeared much on mtvs, modelling etc..and when a girl/woman is with a bunch of male friends, ppl will assume the woman is either a GRO/Hostess that accompany men for drinks or she’s one of the guy’s gf..unless Rose shouts help, but she didnt…

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    • Masaharu replied:

      Yeah, ordinary onlookers are afraid to intrude into others’ business. There was this rumor circulating among Chinese netizens about a guy who got sued after helping an elderly who fell off a bus – by the elder’s family members, and as you said and Jayne said, perhaps Rose didn’t shout exactly for help and is giving mixed signal.

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      • Veejay replied:

        Maybe like Jayne’s said..”Rose feels flattered when she was surrounded with guys and these guys are not normal friendly guys…but EXTREMELY funny one who can really make women climbs into their beds..by just telling jokes..but Rose was too naive to think they still act gentleman after many rounds of alcohol..

        Also like Exoidus said earlier.. they guys were obviously “testing” Rose to see if she can be played hehe..if they see no resistant frm Rose…maybe Timmy will join the crowd too?

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  11. shadowrain604 says:

    This is mean but I hope she sues them in million of dollars over irreparable emotional damage and their wives/fiances/and or children leaves them.

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  12. ita says:

    Benny Chan: what can i say to you, you act like dirty old man. Got twenty something at home and aiming for even younger one? Shame on you. Should put you in jail for sexual harrasment. And you can say your wife is pregnant don’t want to scare her? SO don’t do anything SCARY!.

    Timmy Hung: Is this how you consider just “playing” with your female friend?. You probably will end up behind bar one day for sexual harassment as well.

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    • Babycakes replied:

      Timmy needs a whack on the back of the head by his dad

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    • Vivien replied:

      Benny: once a player always a player. His apologies are shameful. Marrying a girl 20 years younger than him not enough. Now he wants a teenager I betcha

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    • Vivien replied:

      Timmy Hung: I think his comment is fishy!

      a) He lied and pretended to be drunk
      b) He was drunk and pretend to know what’s going on

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      • exoidus replied:

        haha, Vivien you shouldn’t expose his stupid lie…

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      • Vivien replied:

        ROFL but if he really pretend to be drunk to let Benny and Joe enjoy themselves with the girl who he(Timmy) brought, that’s LOW of Timmy

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      • exoidus replied:

        if she didn’t resist at all im sure Timmy would suddently wake up and join the party, LOL

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      • Vivien replied:

        if she resisted Timmy continue to ‘sleep’ to avoid her blaming him later since he invited her

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      • exoidus replied:

        yeah, and the other beasts are playing the “good cop, bad cop” game…

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      • Vivien replied:

        has her meet the press session news come out yet? It’s interesting to hear what she has to say about these beasts who eat her or just ‘sleep’ and let her be eaten

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  13. Kwan says:

    Jayne you are awesome at doing these news translations and compilations!

    Also love your personal assessments 😛

    Thanks for the hard work

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  14. Kim Kim says:

    No one can forced it on you if you reject it! Rose Chan is not as simple as you think! One hand can’t clap, she definitely has shown “loose” behaviours, otherwise the guys won’t treat her this way. I don’t understand why want to be sociable with the guys and after that turned against them. And every time, they must seek the public’s sympathy without make up, so that they look down and haggard!

    All these are just publicity stunt!! I don’t have any pity on this kind of woman!! I don’t see other actresses facing this problem. Want to play & flirt with the guys and yet can’t afford to lose!

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  15. John Smith says:

    Well I think this is a setup for fame. Just like a lot of other actresses they do stuff like sex tapes and stuff that would attract public attraction to boost their rep. Yeah the guys might have done it but it doesn’t mean it was on purpose because if you’re drunk, sometimes you wouldn’t know what you’re doing. But i still think the reporters are there at the time is too much of a coincidence. There are alot of other news out there but they happen to be there and at that time when it happens. I personally don’t support anyone here.

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    • munkimui replied:

      i don’t think it says reporters are there. it just says someone took the photos and sold it to the tabloid.

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  16. munkimui says:

    y can’t rose react to it herself. if she don’t like it then back off don’t just sit there. you don’t have a mouth to yell stop? what a disgrace for females. seems like she enjoys it.

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  17. beanie says:

    if they were in a hotel room, they would’ve done more and unfortunately, in this industry, there are a lot more ‘downplayed rapes’ than what’s reported in the news.

    the guys tried to lie and when caught, then apologize… can’t sink any lower than that.

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  18. POPCORN says:

    oh great, we’ve now got 3 rapist!

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  19. JJ says:

    Assholes. This is pure sexual harassment.
    She is only 19. These guys are famous actors. They are respected among younger actors/actresses. It doesn’t matter how experience she is in the world or martial arts. When someone you admired start doing weird frisky things, you go into shocked. Rose probably didn’t know how to react. They can sit there like nothing has happened. I wonder how many times this guys sexually harassed girls like this and get away with it. I’m glad these pictures were taken. They are basically like those old pedophiles. This things always get dust under the rug. Disgusting pigs.

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