The news that a 23-year-old TVB actress was raped the day before stunned the online community. The Hong Kong Police Department confirmed that the rape case was indeed filed. To preserve the rape victim’s privacy, Apple Daily did not reveal the actress’ name, dropping only several clues regarding her age and interest in pursuing a music career. As a result, the “witch hunt” for the true rape victim has started!
Only One Man Suspected to Be Rapist
To-date, musician Lee Ming Ho (李銘豪) was the only man rumored to be the rapist who had sexually violated a 23-year-old TVB actresss at VI-MAX Music Studio the day before. Lee admitted that he was currently investigated by the Police Department, but denied that he was the rapist.
Search for Rape Victim Begins
The more the media attempted to shield the identity of the rape victim from the public, the more eager netizens were in finding out who the alleged 23-year-old TVB actress was. Names of actresses in their twenties, such as Mandy Wong (黃智雯) and Cilla Lok (樂瞳) were quickly put on the suspected rape victim list. The women were quick to produce “alibis” proving that they were not near the scene of the crime.
Mandy Wong: “Of Course It’s Not Me!”
Although 29-year-old Mandy Wong was several years older than the 23-year-old rape victim, she did not escape public suspicion. Clearing her own name, Mandy even cited Him Law (羅仲謙) as her eye witness!
Many said, “Of course, it is not me! That night, I was filming with Mother to Mother <巴不得媽媽> with Him Law until the middle of the night. Since I was very tired, I went directly home. Also, I do not know [the alleged rapist] and never went to the music studio!””
Since the rape victim was an actress at TVB, the company also led an internal cross-examination to clarify matters. Mandy Wong revealed that TVB also met with her regarding the alleged rape case. Many concerned friends also called Mandy regarding the matter.
Cilla Lok: “I Never Joined a Beauty Pageant!”
Twenty-five-year-old Cilla Lok was also widely suspected to be the rape victim. Cilla was quick to draw boundaries to the case. Since the rape victim was cited as joining a beauty pageant in the past, Cilla quickly said, “I never joined a beauty pageant! I will not go to a recording studio to chat with someone in the middle of the night!”
Actresses Said It’s Not Them
Twenty-year-old model, Sarah Chan (陳苑晴) cleared any possibilities that she was the rape victim. Sarah said, “I am not even a TVB artist! Whether the rape incident is true or not, both parties have responsibility. You have to be very careful when visiting a friend of the opposite gender in the middle of the night!”
Former beauty pageant contestants, Sandy Wu (胡中慧), Janey Yan (甄敏婷) and Gemma Choi (蔡慧欣) denied that they knew musician, Lee Ming Ho, who was investigated in the rape case. The women will take extra precaution and choose a safe location to sing in their spare time.
Source: Oriental Daily
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Jayne: From Apple Daily’s description of the rape victim, the 23-year-old actress appears to have just started gaining more recognition. Since it was mentioned that she kept an active Weibo account, I would not be surprised if she decides to shut down her blog account to avoid being under the radar.