Henry Cheung (張衞彝), the younger brother and ex-manager of Dicky Cheung (張衛健), has called out for help. Henry, who has managed Dicky’s successful career for thirteen years, accused his brother for withholding his managerial and other commission fees, which amounts to over $20 million HKD.
Henry also claimed that Dicky had “put him under house arrest” and stopped him from seeing their mother. “I just want to retrieve the 20 percent commissions that I deserved! Dicky Cheung, you have a billion people who care for you. How come you won’t even let our mother see me? He is really terrifying!”
Taking All Assets
From 1993 to 2006, Henry worked as Dicky’s manager. It was said that the two brothers were quite close and established their own talent agency, In Vogue, together. Each brother shared half of the stock rights. “The contract said it was a 50-50 share, but we also made a verbal agreement that I would take 20 percent while he took 80,” said Henry.
In 2006, Henry was diagnosed with depression and it was his brief hospitalization that put an end to his work relationship with Dicky. Henry said, “On the second day at the hospital, [Dicky] took advantage of my dazed state from the medication and got me to sign a huge stack of documents. He then gave me a hand-written set of rules, and told me that he would transfer all of the company’s $40 million HKD assets to his own account.”
Dicky’s hand-written set of rules for Henry, which were all written in red, had six major points, which included the following highlights: passport is for family to keep, money is for family to handle, all assets should be transferred to Dicky, Henry should not “make any decisions, just give ideas,” routine check-ups with Dr. Ching, Dr. Lau, and Dr. Yip, in which the words “check-up” and “medication” were repeatedly emphasized. Dicky’s last point was titled “Drugs”, which had the subtitles “trust,” “urine test once a week,” and “police.”
Henry continued, “He then purchased a house [for me] at Monte Carlton and gave me $30,000 HKD each month for my living expenses. He also deducted $3,000 HKD of my insurance premium. Medical check-ups for my depression would cost at least $4,000 HKD a week. House utilities would cost another thousand. Last year, the ceiling almost crashed down and the floor was flooded. I had no money to fix it. What kind of life is this?” Henry also claimed that he did not have money to go see a dentist and had suffered fevers from his tooth aches.
Although Henry resides in the large Europa Garden estate, the property is under Dicky’s name. With his lack of funding, Henry is unable to properly keep up and manage the house, causing his house to resemble that of a hoarder’s.
Unable to See Their Mother
Dicky also forbade their mother to visit Henry, and as claimed by Henry, their mother had to “sneak” in order to visit him. Their mother was said to have visited Henry secretly between June and December of 2011. Her visits included taking Henry to the hospital for check-ups with Dr. Stephen Ng and going on small lunches date. She also took him to see the dentist.
“Mom saw the terrible conditions of my house and told me to move out immediately. She arranged a meeting with a property agent for me, but I was sick so I didn’t go. I was still stick on the second day, and on the third day, I called my mom to say to say that I was feeling better. She was stammering, and when I asked her what was wrong, she told me that Dicky came back.
“Mom had no choice but to tell Dicky that she had been seeing me. Dicky immediately went crazy. Mom also tried to convince Dicky to give me back my money. She later called me and told me to just accept 17% of the commissions, and I said of course. I wanted things to end as soon as possible! Dicky didn’t want mom to see me, and then she cried and hung up the phone. I tried to call her back but she wouldn’t pick up. It’s been fifteen months since I’ve last seen my mom.”
Henry’s eyes were brimmed with tears at the mention of his mother. “For the past two Lunar New Years, she would have her driver come to me and give me red envelopes! I think mom still misses me!”
A week after their mother left, Henry tried to call Dicky. However, it was his brother’s lawyer who responded across the line. “The lawyer said that his client didn’t want me to harass him any further and told me that I should contact his lawyers if I had any concerns about the house. Other than that, they would not hold responsibility for anything else! How can he treat his brother like this?”
He sighed, “Dicky does not care for me, but at least Sammi Cheng (鄭秀文) once cared. When she was doing her concert in Australia, she called me and told me that she would pray for me. Three years ago, Miss Chiu (Dicky’s ex-manager) also lent me $60,000 HKD so I could study in Australia! But now, both of them would not receive my calls. I don’t know what Dicky told them!”
Henry has since notified Hong Kong’s Legal Aid Department in regards to his current situation.
Currently in mainland China to shoot for the third season of Hero Sui and Tang Dynasties <隋唐英雄>, Dicky initially smiled when he met the reporters. However, the actor frowned once Henry’s name was mentioned. “I don’t think it is necessary for me respond!” exclaimed Dicky.
The reporter asked, “But he has been your manager for a long time!”
Dicky responded vaguely, “[He’s] not needed anymore! Once someone changes, everything else becomes different. I have nothing to comment about him.”
“You had a 80-20 split. Why wouldn’t you just give him the rest of his money, and why wouldn’t you let him see his mother?”
Dicky said again, “I really having nothing to comment about him.”
The reporter pressed on, “Are you not afraid that his depression would worsen?”
Dicky calmly said, “It doesn’t matter. He can say whatever he likes, and all I can say is that my conscience is clear!”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.