The paparazzi behind the leak of Arthur Chen Feiyu’s (陳飛宇) bed photos was detained by the police. As his father Chen Kaige (陳凱歌) is an influential filmmaker, the 22-year-old actor has survived the scandal despite China’s tough cancel culture. His agency pressed charges against the paparazzi for “exposing people’s privacy through online networks.”
In February, photos of a topless Arthur sleeping in bed with influencer Yi Lin (是亦琳呀) surfaced. The photos were taken by his ex-girlfriend, and allegedly leaked by her furious husband to the paparazzi. Although Arthur’s agency immediately took steps for damage control and pursued legal action, the Lighter and Princess <打火机与公主裙> actor’s reputation was dented.
After the initial set of photos, Super Photographer Yang Yang (whose real name is Zheng) threatened to release a second batch of Arthur’s intimate photos. Before he could do so, he was arrested by the Beijing police on March 19, along with four other suspects, Zhang, Ding, Hui, and Duan. The suspects were detained for a total of five days.
Shortly after being released, and on the same day the police report surfaced, Super Photographer Yang Yang posted on his Weibo account and said, “I didn’t make up the rumors. I didn’t receive any money–I don’t have any regrets.” Perhaps because of the run-in with the law, the Weibo blogger deleted the initial set of Arthur’s bed photos.
The quick arrest of Super Photographer Yang Yang was praised by netizens, who attributed it to Arthur’s father’s influence, “Arthur is really an elite in the entertainment industry. There’s no need to be afraid, as there will be people to clean up [his mistakes].” Another fan felt the paparazzi deserved jail time as “he carelessly exposed Arthur’s privacy.”
Although Arthur has resumed his social media posts, he continued to maintain a low profile. He has lost weight and looked tired in a sighting after the scandal.
This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.