Last year, it was revealed Michelle Ye (葉璇) lost a defamation lawsuit against her boyfriend Mr. Xiao Mo‘s (小默先生) former girlfriend Ms. Lu. When the actress failed to fulfill her obligations of apologizing and offering compensation to Mr. Xiao Mo’s ex, she was restricted luxury expenditure, including going on vacations. The 39-year-old star finally submitted an apology letter on March 5th and paid a fine of RMB 80,000 after she was intercepted at the airport while on her way from Beijing to Seoul on January 24th.
The whole fiasco started about half a year ago when Ms. Lu published an article on the Internet implying that Mr. Xiao Mo was a two-timer, prompting Michelle to sue her for defamation. However, the Shanghai Xuhui Court ruled in Ms. Lu’s favor and ordered Michelle to immediately stop attacking Ms. Lu online, as well as issue a written apology and offer compensation within 10 days. When she failed to oblige, the other party applied for a restraining order against Michelle.
The situation was seemingly resolved when Ms. Lu posted on Weibo an apology letter signed by Michelle. The letter read, “At the time I wasn’t thinking straight” and “I am especially regretful.” Michelle promised to face her mistake and shoulder the relevant legal responsibilities. The apology was full of sincerity but sharp-eyed netizens discovered the letter was plagiarized. There were many similarities between Michelle’s apology and one written by a hater, Mr. Yang, who had smeared celebrity Lay Zhang (張藝興) on Weibo in January of this year. Mr. Yang was sued and ordered to write a handwritten apology letter. Netizens thought there were many similar sentences between both letters and criticized Michelle for having no sincerity. Some even questioned, “If she was not enforced by the court, would she have apologized?”
Despite the speculations, Michelle did not seem to be bogged down by them. On March 6th, she reposted a Weibo post published by Xiao Mo in January and wrote, “I am proud of you, handsome!” Her actions dispelled the break up rumors that have been circulating since last year.
This article is written by MelodyC for JayneStars.com.