Eight Celebrities with Triad Ties

Behind the shimmers and glitters in the entertainment industry, some celebrities are rumored to have links and backing from the  organized crime networks:

Cecilia Cheung (張栢芝)

The Hong Kong actress’ father Cheung Yan Yung (張仁勇), nicknamed “Brave Beard” for his prominent facial hair, is a well-known triad leader and was notorious for his huge gambling debt. Cheung Yan Yung made headlines when enemy triads had put him under manhunt order and threatened to “rape and kill” Cecilia if he did not settle his debt.

Kelly Chen (陳慧琳)

Hong Kong diva Kelly comes from a wealthy family since her father is one of Hong Kong’s biggest jewelry tycoon. It also comes as a surprise that Kelly’s uncle is also an influential triad leader.

Jacky Heung (向佐)

Hailing from a powerful family, Jacky’s deceased grandfather Heung Chin (向前) and father Charles Heung (向華強) allegedly have close link to one of Hong Kong’s largest triads. In recent times, the family are distancing themselves from their triad background while Jacky develop his career in the entertainment industry.

Maydays’ Ashin (陳信宏)

Although Ashin usually keeps a low profile on his personal life, his family’s ties with triad were revealed when triad members attended his grandmother’s funeral. The lead vocalist of Mayday said that he does not want his family background to affect his and his bandmate’s career.

Waa Wei (魏如萱) and Queen Wei (魏如昀)

Taiwanese celebrity siblings acknowledge that their father is one of the leaders of Taiwanese’s Bamboo Union triad and was arrested three times. However, Waa Wei shared in an interview that her father is not a bad person and is someone who easily gets framed. Waa Wei also shared that her father takes good care of them and provided them with a comfortable lifestyle.

Ady An (安以軒)

Taiwanese actress grew up in a single-parent family and lived with her father who was rumored to had contacts with triads. Her family owns a military textile company and owns a security firm that looks after Taipei 101.

Noriko Sakai

Japanese actress Noriko reported has ties with yakuza and was previously charged with drug procession. The actress’s deceased father was the head of the Yamaken-gumi yakuza group who specializes in drug dealings. Noriko’s half-brother was also a member of the triad, was tried for intimidation and was arrested for using amphetamines.

Baron Chen (陳楚河)

The Taiwanese actor’s father was one of the leaders of Bamboo Union. It was rumored that when Baron was filming 2008’s movie Kung Fu Dunk <大灌篮>, the movie received money from the triad and helped pushed Baron to having a bigger role.

Source: Elle

This article is written by Sammi for JayneStars.com.

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  1. Folks like to whitewash their background by becoming entertainers. It astounds me why, when all it seems to do is make their history even more prominent. At least in Cecilia’s and Baron’s case, their parental history did them no favors.

  2. Relationships between triad leaders and entertainment industry are commonplace in SKorean and Japan. Money laundering is much easier to do in the Entertainment Industry.

    1. the Italian mafia had their tentacles in the early days of Hollywood and Las Vegas. Hong Kong was no different in the 80s. Organized crime goes where there’s money to be made, especially in an industry with beautiful women.

      1. @msxie0714 Definitely the best industry to laundry their dirty cash…and enjoying the strings of beauties that can hug…And some are unwilling/forced.

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