Following Edison Chen (陈冠希) and his friends’ physical assault against reporters in Beijing on May 20th, Edison has been accused of sexually harassing mainland actress, Joyce Wu (吴思凡), pressuring her to meet him at his hotel room! Edison’s suggestive text messages were exposed by Joyce’s friend, who hoped that the public shaming would put a stop to his unwelcome advances!
Upcoming actress, Joyce Wu, met Edison Chen last month while filming movie Tourbillion <陀飞轮> in Beijing. After Edison asked for Joyce’s cell phone number, he quickly text messaged her. On April 6th, Edison asked Joyce if she wished to meet him alone at his hotel. When Joyce asked why they had to meet at a hotel, Edison responded that his hotel was desirable, “Because I cannot appear at many places.” Joyce replied that she will contact him after work the next day.
On May 16th, Edison sent another message to Joyce, asking her, “Do you wanna play with me?” Joyce replied that she had to work, perhaps circumventing Edison’s offer.
According to Joyce Wu’s friend, known as “M,” Joyce was an upcoming mainland actress who felt pressured to respond to Edison’s messages. She was a newcomer and did not have any backing in the entertainment industry. However, Joyce was shocked by Edison’s increasingly bold messages in which he had asked her to meet him at his hotel.
At the same time, Edison allegedly sent bold messages to another actress in Joyce Wu’s filming crew, asking her to invite Joyce to participate in a threesome date.
Apparently, Joyce Wu felt that she was harassed by Edison’s unwelcome attention. Joyce’s good friend, “M” revealed the incident to a well-known mainland blogger, in which the cell phone text messages were published online. “M” hoped that the public exposure would lead to greater scrutiny over Edison’s advances. “Hopefully, he will quickly stop sending messages harassing other actresses. Joyce Wu is not the first actress that he has harassed. However, we will use public scrutiny to make sure that Joyce will be the last actress he bothers with his games!”
Edison Becomes Publicity Tool for Starlets
Edison Chen’s love life was considered to be overly promisicious, which resulted in heavy public criticism. An increasing number of starlets exposed that they received sexual advances from him. Although Edison had stated that he was tired of women, such as Cammi Tse (謝芷蕙), using him for publicity, he continued to send flirtatious messages to set up meetings.
Edison and Joyce Wu’s messages appeared to reveal that they were more than friendly with each other. One netizen commented, “Edison Chen has become a publicity tool for starlets to promote themselves!” Although Joyce’s friend hoped to reveal the shameful side of Edison’s advances, this appeared to have resulted in a backlash towards Joyce as an opportunist as well.
Edison Chen Implicated in Assault Incident
Controversy appeared to follow Edison Chen’s every step. Aside from the negative publicity due to his love life, Edison often appeared to be impatient and irked by the paparazzi’s intrusive tactics. On May 20th, Edison and two other friends were spotted eating supper together. When they discovered that a reporter were taking photos, one of Edison’s friends cursed roughly and shoved the reporter to the ground, breaking his camera! Edison left the scene by the time the mainland police arrived on the scene. The assault incident reached a settlement among the involved parties, in which the reporter allegedly received $5,000 Yuan to compensate for the broken camera.
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Jayne: Is it a good idea for starlets to associate themselves with Edison Chen, even if they desired quick publicity? Joyce Wu will not be the last actress to reveal that she had received suggestive messages from him. Nevertheless, Edison does not seem to care that his private text messages were revealed, as he prefers to use text messages to arrange his dates.