Gavin Gao Arrested for Sex Attack in Australia
Thirty-five-year-old Mainland Chinese actor, Gavin Gao (also known as Gao Yunxiang 高雲翔), was arrested for sexually attacking a 36-year-old woman in Sydney. It was reported that Gavin and another man, Wang Jing (written as 王晶 or 王敬 in Chinese), had attacked the woman inside a Shangri-La Hotel room on March 26. Both men are currently held by Australian authorities and will not be released on bail. The case will be tried in April.
The news rocked the Chinese entertainment world, as The Legend of Miyue <芈月传> star previously had an image of being a perfect husband and father. Gavin married Mainland Chinese actress Michelle Dong (董璇) in 2011, and the couple has a one-year-old daughter together.
Trouble in Australia
Gavin and Michelle were in Australia filming for their new television drama, Anaya Romance <阿那亞戀情>. After Michelle completed her scenes, she returned to China while Gavin stayed behind. The alleged sexual attack occurred 12 days after Michelle left Australia.
Australian authorities arrested the men separately at the Shangri-La Hotel and Haymarket. Gavin and Wang Jing’s lawyers have claimed their clients’ innocence as the case was heard in the Central District Court in Sydney on Wednesday. The next court hearing will be on April 6.
Wife Trusts Gavin
Since Gavin’s arrest occurred in Australia, local media outlets also reported the arrest, with headlines blazing, “Chinese Mel Gibson Arrested for Sex Attack.” The news was soon picked up by the Chinese media.
Responding to the news frenzy over the incident, Gavin’s production studio tried to calm the public by issuing a press statement online. Since the Australian police is currently investigating the case, the studio urged fans to not speculate over the matter.
Although refusing to pick up on press calls earlier, Michelle re-posted Gavin’s studio’s press statement and said she has full faith in her husband of seven years. She wrote on social media, “I apologize for causing everyone to worry. I trust him.”
Faces Prison Sentence Up to 20 Years
According to local law, if Gavin is found guilty for sexual crime, he may face a prison sentence from 14 to 20 years. After serving his prison term in Australia, Gavin would be sent back to Mainland China. However, since the alleged sexual attack had occurred inside a hotel room with enclosed privacy, the outcome will depend on the evidence found and the plaintiff and defendants’ testimonies.
Fans were overwhelmed by the news of Gavin’s arrest and could not accept that he may be a potential sexual offender. As Michelle is also rumored to be pregnant with a second baby, the timing of Gavin’s arrest may also threaten to split up their family.
Source: Oriental Daily
This article is written by Jayne for JayneStars.com.