Joe Ma Issues Public Statement and Pleads Virginia Lok for Help
Since the exposure of Benny Chan (陳浩民) and Joe Ma (馬德鐘) touching Rose Chan (陳嘉桓) inappropriately in Hengdian, China, surfaced, Benny and his pregnant wife returned to Hong Kong, announcing their intention to issue a public apology. After holding a press conference the day before, Rose returned to Hengdian to continue filming Wong Jing’s new movie. There may be a chance that Rose may run into Joe there, who was currently filming a mainland series in Hengdian.
Joe Ma Faces the Media in a Relaxed Manner
When Rose Chan held her press conference in Hong Kong, Joe Ma issued a press statement, professing that the recent news contained false allegations. Joe indicated that he reserved the right to purse legal action for libel. In the press statement, Joe noted, “I state that I did not violate or sexually harass Miss Chan; I did not possess any intention to sexually harass her. Since the matter is currently handled by the police, I will no longer respond further on the incident.”
Yesterday, an Oriental Daily reporter flew to Hengdian to conduct a short interview with Joe. Despite being troubled by Rose’s sexual harassment incident, Joe appeared relaxed and generously allowed the reporter to take photos. However, he refused to comment further on Rose’s harassment incident.
Joe Ma Begged Virginia Lok for Help
It was rumored that Joe repeatedly called TVB executive, Virginia Lok (樂易玲), for help over the sexual harassment incident. Although Joe’s TVB management contract will be expiring in December, Virginia called Rose’s martial arts sifu, Sin Kwok Lam (冼國林). Ms. Lok was successful in setting up a meeting with Sin Sifu to discuss the harassment incident. Since Sin Sifu just became a father, Ms. Lok hoped to capitalize on his good spirits to help pull Joe out of trouble.
Rose Chan Reveals Current Emotional State
After delivering her public statement and filing a police report in Hong Kong, Rose returned to Hengdian. At the airport, Rose said tiredly, “My emotions have not stabilized yet!” Asked whether Rose was threatened by triads to stop talking about the harassment incident, she did not comment. However, Rose noted that she was still perturbed after the harassment incident occurred and will no longer attend any artist dinners in Hengdian [in the near-term]. After consulting with her lawyer in China, Rose will file a police report with the mainland authorities.
Prior to leaving Hong Kong, Rose thanked the media for their concern. Asked whether she had read Benny Chan’s blog messages, Rose said that she only read his first message and not the subsequent responses. Asked whether she will accept the perpetrator(s’) apology, Rose’s manager replied, “Even if the they call us and Rose accepts them, I will stop it and disallow her from accepting it!”
Source: Oriental Daily
Jayne: Joe Ma maintains that he did not force himself upon Rose, thus his conduct did not qualify as sexual violation. There was NO mention of whether he had kissed Rose or not, which leads me to believe he had kissed Rose at the BBQ dinner. Since Rose may have been a willing participant, that may disqualify Joe as being a harasser.
Virginia Lok has some powerful connections; she is able to secure a meeting with Sin Kwok Lam and put in a good word for Joe. Ms. Lok may be one of the few people who knows the true inside story of this scandal? Does Ms. Lok suffer insomnia at night since she knows a lot of deep, dark secrets of the inside lives of celebrities? With all the trouble Joe Ma’s scandal is leading up to, no wonder Ms. Lok prefers docile artists with clean backgrounds whenever possible.