Former Category III Actress Law Kwai Ying’s Sexual Assault Complaints Ignored
Former actress Law Kwai Ying (桂英曾), who had starred in Sex and Zen <玉蒲團> and other Hong Kong category III films in the 1990s, claimed that she was drug raped at a motel in Taiwan last year. But her cries for help were ignored by the motel front desk, and her complaints were dismissed by the police. Feeling helpless, Kwai Ying spilled her story to the media and felt that she was discriminated against because of her profession.
Entering the industry when she was 21 years old, Kwai Ying starred in numerous category III films in her six-year acting career but her onscreen time was limited. She decided to leave the industry because of the negative image and gossip associated with being a category III actress, as well as take care of her 93-year-old father in Taiwan after her mother passed away.
To survive, Kwai Ying took on different jobs over the years as an insurance broker, real estate agent, and even sold grilled corn at a night food market. When business slowed down at the food stall, she worked as a karaoke public relations staff where she had to sing and drink with customers.
Drugged and Sexually Assaulted
In February 2018, a 35-year-old male customer with the surname of Yang took the 52-year-old former actress out to dinner on the premise of discussing business matters. He drugged her beer and took her to a motel, where Kwai Ying was sexually assaulted for four hours. Afraid that Yang would resort to physical violence, Kwai Ying accompanied him outside the motel together, and only returned later to the front desk by herself to ask for help. But the motel seemed to dismiss the urgency of the situation and responded with, “You can’t use your own cell phone to report the case?”
Kwai Ying’s blood test results showed the presence of a stimulant drug, but not any date-rape drugs. The police ignored Kwai Ying’s cries of sexual assault, claiming that she “could walk fine”. The case was finally dropped last month due to lack of evidence.
Disappointed by the outcome, Kwai Ying turned to the press. She didn’t mind revealing her identity to bring forth the injustice of the situation. She felt that women in similar professions as herself were often judged and not taken seriously for their assault claims. She said that Yang took advantage of her profession, as many would just see the incident as a “sexual transaction dispute”.
This article is written by Jayne for JayneStars.com.