Earlier in August, news broke out that Hong Kong martial arts actor Louis Fan (樊少皇) reportedly owed $2 million HKD to loan sharks. After his huge debt has been in the rumor mill for several years, his wife, JJ Jia (賈曉晨) put an end to those allegations once and for all. While at an event for her new film Missing <失蹤> on October 28, the actress took the chance to clear her husband’s name.
JJ revealed Louis is actually the victim in this situation. She explained her husband lent $8 million HKD to a childhood friend of his, but that friend did not return the money back to Louis. Instead, the borrower caused the actor to be chased by loan sharks. She expressed it’s a “sad situation” as they did not expect the friend to betray Louis and make him suffer the loss of reputation and money.
“We already notified the police and handed the matter over to our lawyer,” JJ shared. “CID is following it right now but since the debt collectors stopped harassing us, CID can’t do anything. They opened a file so they will continue to investigate the case if [the loan sharks] bother us again.”
The situation first caught wind over the summer when the debt collectors reportedly sent letters to the couple’s neighbors saying, “Louis owes money, pay back the consequences.” In addition, they constantly harassed Louis and gradually became more aggressive about collecting the money. Not only did they smear red paint over his father’s house, but also allegedly went after the beauty clinic that JJ endorsed. Supposedly, the loan sharks placed more than 50 harassment calls and sent two big men to the beauty salon to cause trouble.
The incidents blew up and attracted a lot of public concern. However, it is not the first time Louis was pursued by loan sharks. In 2016, Louis had creditors showing up at his house to collect money. At the time, the actor clarified it was a friend who borrowed the money. The friend managed to pay off the debts, and the storm temporarily subsided.
Yet, Louis became embroiled in a similar situation once again. JJ said, “Since we have a court case right now, we’ll have to wait until it ends before trying to get back the $8 million HKD. We’ll have to hire a lawyer; earning money isn’t easy.”
This article is written by MelodyC for JayneStars.com.