Restaurateur Kenny Wee (黃浩) sued Oscar Leung (梁烈唯) for defamation last week, claiming that the actor had falsely accused him for having “persecutory delusions” in a comment about an alleged brawl that occurred between Eric Tsang (曾志偉) and Kenny Wee.
An apparent fight broke out between Eric and Kenny on December 5 during Karmen Cheng’s (鄭嘉雯) wedding banquet. Kenny pressed charges against Eric for criminal intimidation and assault, and Eric was arrested on December 19. A few hours after his arrest, Eric was released on $1,000 HKD bail, and he is to report back to the Central Police District Headquarters in mid-January 2013.
Guests at the wedding, including Oscar, stated that they did not witness any physical confrontation between Eric and Kenny, hinting that Kenny may have lied. Oscar reportedly said, “Maybe Mr. Wee is too stressed; he may have persecutory delusions. After I sang my song at the wedding, I left for filming. I absolutely do not believe that anyone hit [him]. I only know that he is Suki Chui’s (徐淑敏) husband and that he likes to create gossip, perhaps to make himself more newsworthy. I’m very surprised he is a businessman; why did he make it as if he works in the entertainment industry?”
Oscar Refuses to Give Public Apology
It was reported that Kenny filed a defamation lawsuit against Oscar last week, claiming that Oscar’s “persecutory delusions” comment has harmed his reputation. Kenny demanded that proper legal action would be taken if Oscar does not give a public apology by the afternoon of December 24, 2012. In a brief phone interview with Kenny yesterday, he stated, “My lawyers are currently handling the matter. I am inconvenient to comment.”
In another phone interview with Oscar yesterday, Oscar said, “I never received the letter. This is my first time hearing about this. I’m not worried. I have nothing to worry about. Maybe my company has already received [the letter], but if they had, they would have notified me already, but they haven’t.”
Oscar also did not think his “persecutory delusions” comment was too extreme. “I will not talk about him anymore. There is no significance to continue.”
As for Kenny’s demands for Oscar to give a public apology by the afternoon of December 24, Oscar calmly said, “I’ll see what happens. I will consult my lawyer on the matter. Since he has an attorney, I will get a barrister.”
Oscar does not believe that he has caused himself trouble for helping Eric. “Justice lies inherently in the hearts of the people. Hong Kong is a free society. If giving my opinion is illegal, then there is no freedom of speech. I never used profanity or disrespectful epithets to attack anyone either. He may think it’s a big deal, but I don’t. Maybe someone thinks I am talking nonsense and arrogant, but I can’t stop what people say about me.”
The actor insisted that he will not give a public apology. “It doesn’t matter if I apologize or not. I already said it. If someone admits criticism, the reaction will be bigger.” Oscar also expressed that his TVB manager, Amy, has not received a letter from Kenny’s lawyers.
Truthfully, Oscar was not the only artist who criticized Kenny for his diva attitude and efforts for attention. Numerous other Hong Kong stars also responded to Eric and Kenny’s slapping incident, and many of them had much harsher things to say to Kenny.
Dicky Cheung (張衛健), on December 12: “Try not to use violence when you are trying to make a point, unless you are playing the violin before a cow.”
Helen To (杜如風), on December 10: “I am a spokesperson for the Abandoned Animals Protect Association. I pardon and forgive all animals.”
Alan Tam (譚詠麟), on December 9: “Eric follows the Buddha. His religious name is ‘Kok Ng’ (conscious). If he attacks anyone, it means that the Buddha got inflamed.”
Wong Cho Lam (王祖藍), on December 9: “I hope everyone will take care of your family so there will be less police reports. Better to take care of your home!”
Sandra Ng (吳君如), on December 9: “Those involved in the case are all very famous people. I don’t want to be used, so I urge that everyone in the industry to not respond to this incident so he can stop hitting the headlines.”
Nancy Sit (薛家燕), on December 7: “His headline rates are higher than mine. I don’t know him.”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.