Rose Chan’s (陳嘉桓) alleged sexual harassment by Benny Chan (陳浩民), while witnessed by Joe Ma (馬德鐘), took place on November 20th at 2 AM in Hengdian, China. When the photos were reviewed by Oriental Sunday’s editorial department, it was quite shocking! Oriental Sunday contacted Rose Chan’s manager to find out Rose’s relationship with Benny and Joe. Rose’s martial arts sifu, Sin Kwok Lam (冼國林), was extremely angry over the incident.
Oriental Sunday sought out Rose for an interview. As the publication deadline had passed for last week’s issue at that point, the interview was printed in the current issue of the magazine instead. Since the incident had occurred within 24 hours, Rose’s reaction may be in its truest form and less inhibited than after her filing of the police report in Hong Kong several days later. Regarding her “humiliation” with the two “wolves” Benny Chan and Joe Ma, Rose expressed outright hatred!
OS= Oriental Sunday ; RC= Rose Chan
OS: What exactly occurred at the barbeque restaurant?
RC: I was eating dinner with a group of Hong Kong artists. Since we were all from Hong Kong and there were veterans present, I thought it would be a good idea to talk to each other and meet up. After they drank too much alcohol, the behavior as depicted in the photos occurred. I did not know what to do; I thought whether I should stay or leave.
OS: Did you talk to other people about the incident?
RC: I spoke with my family about the incident; they advised me to be more careful going forward and that I should decline dinner invitations with people I did not know well.
OS: Did you feel as if you were sexually harassed?
RC: I do not know how to answer you…. I was the most unhappy that such incidents really do occur.
OS: They touched you from behind and your thighs? Joe Ma also leaned on your shoulder!
RC: …I am very scared right now!
OS: Why are you so scared?
RC: I kept resisting them throughout the incident. Their actions became more severe and crossed the boundary. I was very unhappy at that moment, but I did not know what to do. Right before we left, I pushed him (Benny Chan) against the wall and asked what he was doing?!
OS: Throughout the incident, did they say anything sexually suggestive to you? You were whispering to Joe Ma and appeared to be quite intimate with him. Why did you not stop him?
RC: They asked whether I was drunk. I was drinking Coke at the time, so there was no possibility of getting drunk. I felt that they were testing me throughout [the evening]. I kept saying no; I could not accept it. When I went to work today and saw Timmy Hung (洪天明), I told him I do not want to eat dinner [with Benny Chan and Joe Ma] as I did not want to be in contact with them again.
OS: Before Timmy Hung got drunk, did Benny Chan and Joe Ma touch and kiss you?
RC: Timmy helped me in resisting [them].
OS: After Timmy got drunk, they [Benny and Joe] were more aggressive and crossed the boundary?
RC: Mmmm… (sigh) I felt things were not okay at that point. I thought we should quickly leave when Timmy woke up. Afterward, their behavior became increasingly improper (sigh). Throughout the incident, I resisted. I felt that this should not be happening; I was very scared! He kept on touching me from behind. I said that I was only here to eat and not to play with you! Perhaps they thought I was a little girl and easy to bully (sigh).
OS: Since you know Wing Chun martial arts, did you consider defending yourself?
RC: I was afraid that I would be unable to hit them offensively and that they would double their efforts on me.
OS: What do you consider to be the most offensive move they committed towards you?
RC: Forcefully kissing and forcefully holding me! (They didn’t kiss your lips?) No, I dodged it. This was the first time I was without my manager and colleagues by my side. Next time I work overseas, I will find a colleague I know well to stay by my side and decrease networking functions.
Oriental Sunday Followed Hong Kong Stars for 3 Nights
Numerous Hong Kong celebrities were currently filming in Hengdian, China. On November 16, 2011, a reporter and photographer from Oriental Sunday flew to Hengdian [to visit the filming crews], arriving on the sets of The Founding of the Yuan Empire <建元風雲>and Laughter Shaking Mo Lam <笑功震武林>. During Oriental Sunday staff’s visit, Timmy Hung assembled numerous Hong Kong stars from various filming projects for dinner. From November 17th to 19th for three nights, the stars “partied”!
November 17th 8:30 PM (Szechuan Dinner) – The dinner’s organizer, Timmy Hung, reserved a VIP room on the second floor of the restaurant. Throughout the evening, Timmy was spotted going up and down the stairs to receive the artists attending the dinner. At 9:30 PM, Rose Chan arrived and Timmy went downstairs to receive her. After the dinner, the group boarded into different cars to go to a karaoke establishment. Despite attending the dinner, Alex Fong (方中信), did not follow the group to the karaoke and apparently went back to his hotel.
November 17th 10:30 PM (Karaoke) – The group arrived at the karaoke establishment and stayed until 1 AM. Timmy Hung left first without Rose Chan. Joe Ma, Benny Chan, Rose Chan, Terry Fan (樊少皇) sang until 2 AM before leaving together.
November 18th Lamb Dinner – Oriental Sunday was unable to discern where various Hong Kong artists had gathered for the evening. However, a group photo of the lamb dinner was posted on Weibo.
November 19th 8:00 PM (Hot Pot Dinner) – Oriental Sunday staff discovered that various Hong Kong celebrities had gathered for a hot pot dinner.
November 19th 10:00 PM (Karaoke) – The group of artists followed with another night of karaoke.
November 20th 12:30 AM – After karaoke, the women (except Rose Chan) returned to their hotels escorted by the male artists. Benny Chen drove one passenger on his motorcycle; Joe Ma drove two passengers in his car and Timmy Hung drove Meng Yao (孟瑤).
November 20th 1:00 AM – (Werewolves Appear) After the female artists were settled, the men went to a barbeque restaurant. The brave Rose Chan ventured with the group. Unfortunately, Timmy Hung fell into a drunken stupor shortly after arriving at the barbeque restaurant. Benny Chan’s behavior crossed the boundary line, while Rose Chan and Joe Ma appeared to be quite intimate in the photos. Oriental Sunday staff quickly took photos documenting the entire incident.
Source: Oriental Sunday
Jayne: Rose was smiling in quite a few of the photos, including the ones in which Benny Chan appears to be touching her chest or possibly have inserted a hand into her sweater (can’t really tell where Benny’s hand is due to blurry quality of photos). Rose’s expression of fear only showed after Benny started getting “violent” such as covering her mouth and throttling her neck.
These photos leave me with a mixed feeling, as Rose did not seem resistant in the photos where she was smiling with Benny putting obvious advances upon her.
This article also answers many people’s questioning as to why were the paparazzi right there to photograph the groping. Oriental Sunday had followed the group for 3 nights before they got their big story.