Director Lam Suk Jing Was Almost Raped Inside Hotel Room

Above: Director Lam Suk Jing with “Route” stars, Ming Dao and Jiang Kai Tong.

Hong Kong director Lam Suk Jing (林淑貞) revealed that she was nearly raped inside a Mainland Chinese hotel room last week. The director of web-series, Route <套路>, revealed the emotional turmoil that she has been through since then, as well as why she agreed to a settlement over the case.

Airline Pushed Towards Settlement?

On the night of the incident, Lam Suk Jing was sleeping on the 18th floor when she suddenly felt the weight of another person on top her. She immediately fought back – forcefully shoving him out of her room. She contacted hotel employees and alerted the police.

As it turns out, the man was a pilot for Hainan Airlines who climbed over to her room’s balcony from the room next door. Although contacting the police, Lam Suk Jing said they did not record or takes notes when she was giving her statement. The director also revealed that the police urged her to reach for a settlement instead.

On Hainan Airline’s side, Lam Suk Jing said the suspect’s boss also tried to talk her into settling. The pilot allegedly was drunk and made a mistake. As she is not familiar with the local laws, she said she would take a few days to decide.

Going back to the police station again, Lam Suk Jing told the police she wants to have the case remain open before making a final decision on whether or not to press charges. This time, the police did record her statement but warned her that she may be counter-sued for assault, as she had forcefully hit the man. Unsure of what she can do, Lam Suk Jing left the production Route set and returned to Hong Kong, focusing on the case and her mental health.

The news spread quickly and caused an uproar among the Route cast and crew. After reading Lam Suk Jing’s statement over the case, netizens angrily questioned the Mainland Chinese police’s actions. They wondered why this case was flagged as public defamation, rather than attempted rape.

Route actor Vanness Wu (吳建豪) expressed his support for the director and exclaimed, “No woman should have to endure something like this!”

After both Hainan Airlines and the police got wind of the public’s questioning, the two parties released separate statements, indicating that they will do their best to assist with the incident. Hainan Airlines said they will fully cooperate with the police and have already suspended the pilot, stressing that they will not tolerate those who disobey the law. Holding the pilot in custody, the police said they will do an in-depth investigation as well as conduct an internal search on the team that handled Lam Suk Jing’s case initially.

Thanking the Federation of Hong Kong Filmmakers, Hong Kong Film Director’s Guild, actor Tin Kai Man (田啟文), and directors Andrew Lau (劉偉強) and Stanley Kwan (關錦鵬) for their help and support since the assault, Lam Suk Jing sighed, “Like the lawyers have said, this is only the beginning. There’s still a long road ahead of us.”


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  1. “…he may be counter-sued for assault, as she had forcefully hit the man…” like wtf, for real???

    The police and airline statements are sooooo hollow since what if the “law” is that lax? For the police eveb remotely “warned” about counter sue is either 1) they want to discouraged her in coming forth or 2) countersue happened and succeeded before. Either way, SMDH.

    1. @jjwong yup, it’s mind blogging how they even dare to say that! That’s possibly why it’s only now Gavin is being caught! Since his case was not in mainland. But seriously, that’s so corrupted!

    2. @jjwong Mainland China is a fcked-up place when it comes to law and justice. My mother actually knows someone who ran over someone, but he was never caught. He told everyone about it but no one bothered to call the police or do anything. It feels like a normal thing over there. My mom warned me to never take jobs there unless I absolutely need to and always be extra careful wherever I go

      1. @vell
        Though mainland is questionable in terms of laws and justice at each class level, there are a lot more risk/reward to start a business there. Richies can be made overnight but in places like HK or the west there isn’t much more to do than toil in monthly jobs…

      2. @jimmyszeto The key is to have some form of government backing, which makes it less likely for unscrupulous companies to get caught and even if they do get caught, it’s usually decades later after they’ve already made tons of money.

        Not sure if anyone has been following the vaccine scandal that China is embroiled in right now — its kind of on par with the milk powder scandal from back when. Now it’s gotten to Xi JinPing’s level and he’s pretty much already implied that heads are going to roll…yet another example of the power of making scandals public in Mainland and getting international attention if possible (though still depends on the situation of course). As long as the government isn’t involved with the corruption behind the scenes (or maybe they are but it can’t be traced back to them), they are usually willing to take swift (and drastic) action on the perpetrators. It’s definitely a risk for unscrupulous businesses as they could end up executed if caught but the fact that these types of things still happen so rampantly shows that many of them feel the”rewards” outweigh the risks.

        Lam’s case isn’t important enough for govt to get involved but at least the local police will investigate now after she went public and on the airline side, the pilot will likely be dealt with too…

      3. @llwy12
        Having connections and having money will help. I’m not sure I should be discussing this on the internet to be honest haha

      4. @vell Yup…the other advice is not to buy anything while traveling in China either because there’s a 99.99% chance that the item will be fake / knockoff and poorly made…and 100% guaranteed they will price gouge you too…

    3. @jjwong @vell That’s the problem with Mainland China – there’s no rule of law over there, so pretty much anything goes. Lam Suk Jing did the right thing. Things like that happen in Mainland all the time and the only way to make sure appropriate action (though still depends on circumstances) is taken is to go public with it. It’s sad, but unfortunately that’s how things work over there. If they don’t go public with it, the issue will just get swept under the rug. Anyone remember the milk powder issue from years back? If people hadn’t taken that issue public and made it into such an international scandal, Mainland China government wouldn’t have done anything about it. Once it’s in the public spotlight and they’re pressured by widespread public outrage (the more, the better), then they take action.

      In this case, because Lam is a director and has the support of the entertainment industry behind her, something will definitely get done. Imagine if it’s an ordinary citizen though— even if they take it public, most likely nothing will happen unless it’s a huge issue (like the milk powder thing where babies were dying left and right and Mainlanders were crashing into HK in droves to buy formula)

      1. @llwy12 @llwy12 That’s a damn shame. I’m not naive to think woman equality, or perception of equality is world wide phenomenon. But it’s still so silly and depressing to see such none sense practices, both sexism and corrupted gov’t.

        @littlefish Yea, I’m interested to see how Gavin and WJ crime turn out.

      2. @jjwong Here’s another example — this time ordinary citizen accusing famous talk show host in China. This follows scores more accusations outside of the entertainment industry (there were a bunch of reports earlier about sexual harassment being rampant across China’s high schools and universities and whenever students tried to report the abuse, they would be harassed even more by school admin and police trying to cover it up).

        So it looks like the message from China’s government (police force) when it comes to sexual harassment / assault allegations is: don’t even bother reporting to police because nothing is going to happen and you will only get mistreated in return. The default action whenever anything is reported to the police over there is to cover it up and then further harass the victims…

    1. @potatochip

      How true. Poor Yammie Lam is still waiting for justice after so many years while the accused remains free as a bird and gets support from the big names of HK entertainment world.

  2. While I’m upset for LSJ, my reactions are more indignant and outraged by the police’s action. The very people who are supposed to protect her, urged her to give up grounds for a lawsuit. Wut da eff. This is why China is on the way to become a “broken courage” country similar to Cambodia. Anything that causes a stir will be hammered down and dealt with.

  3. this is seriously crazy. first with the security of the hotel. second, what kind of pig would climb over the porch to rape. couldn’t he pay for the service? third, what a mess-up law system asking her to settle instead of suing.

  4. **sigh…from when we, women are treated like this?? She almost got raped and “coincidentally committed murder”?????? Is this even real?? I thought there is only my country is corrupted smh

  5. I thought so many Hong Kong actors left to go act in mainland because of money? Now this happened? I wonder why she’s all cover up her face? Is she that private?

    1. @cutie777 I was wondering the same thing about why her face is being covered. Looks like it’s only that particular media outlet, as I read articles from other sources and her face isn’t covered in any of those.

      Yes, many HK artists have and will continue to go to Mainland to earn money because there is apparently tons of money to be made there. But even celebrities who’ve worked in Mainland have recounted harrowing experiences, with the most common one being that the company that invited them bolts without paying the artists the fees they are due. Working in Mainland definitely isn’t for everyone— you have to know how to work the system and also be aware of which companies are the shady ones. That’s why many celebrities, from HK or elsewhere, who go to work in China usually have a separate specialized management team and/ or agent in China that they collaborate with who are familiar with how things work over there and have a greater chance of keeping them out of trouble.

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