Ronan Pak Breaks Down: “I was Betrayed!”
Former Mr. Hong Kong participant and Friendly Fire <法網狙擊> star, Ronan Pak (白健恩), was accused of offering sexual services to men for money. Tabloids reported that the TVB actor was caught wandering anxiously around Tin Shui Wai’s Harbor Plaza Resort Hotel, which was allegedly the place where the sexual service would take place. Subsequent headlines claimed that Ronan was engaged in an orgy involving eight people.
Ronan has stepped up to deny the accusations in a brief press conference last Wednesday. On Friday, he and his manager, Tiffany, accepted another interview to clarify the misunderstandings of the report.
“I arrived at Tin Shui Wai and waited for 10 to 15 minutes, but my friend never showed up,” he told Hong Kong Headline. “He also did not pick up the phone when I called. Suddenly, four men came rushing up to me. At that moment I thought they were robbers, because one of them really looked like they wanted to stab me with whatever he was holding! So I ran! If what he held was really a knife, I would have died!”
Friend Needed Money
At the press conference last Wednesday, Ronan mentioned that his friend “vanished from thin air” after the report was published. Ronan could not contact him through the phone or through Facebook after the incident. Asked if Ronan’s friend had any problems with money, Ronan nodded and said, “His name is Tommy. We met at a pub three years ago, and he does owe me money. He works in sales. He once told me that he was not doing very well financially and needed some money for life emergencies. He asked if I could lend him some for the time being, and he would pay me back once he had the money. That is why he has my [bank] account number, but I only lent him a couple thousand dollars [HKD].”
Ronan believed that he had handled the situation poorly and blamed himself for being too gullible in trusting his new friend. “I really think I am rather foolish and dumb. Actually, my parents, friends, and even my manager have told me that. A nicer way to put it is that I am simple-minded, but in other words, I am really an idiot.
“I don’t want to put all the blame on the media and my friend. I am definitely responsible for what had happened.” After this thought, Ronan started to cry. “From how I handled the matter with the press, I know I have responsibility in this. I know I’m not very good with speaking, and often times what I say can lead others to misunderstand my meaning, and that can make matters worse… but I really can’t help it. I am trying my best.” Ronan’s manager, Tiffany, also began to tear up.
“I hope that after the incident dies down, I will be able to continue with my work. Many things have happened, and I know it is too late to save it… but I didn’t do it. I had nothing to do with it.”
Is Ronan worried about his future with TVB and in the entertainment industry? “Of course I am worried. When the incident happened, my manager immediately called TVB to explain the issue. [TVB] said they believed me. They know about the reporting style of that magazine, so they have already frozen them. I will not care too much about [the magazine] now.”
According to the magazine that accused Ronan for sexual solicitation, Ronan was struggling at his current low-paying job with TVB, urging him to find other means to earn a living – prostitution. Ronan admitted that he does not have a steady income, but assured that he is not having money struggles. “It’s okay. I received a lot of jobs at the beginning of the year, and I have just completed talks to do a movie. I will film the movie this week. My role isn’t very heavy, but I’ve never filmed a movie before, so I am looking forward to it. I am very happy, and will do my best.
“When I have nothing to film, I will teach dance classes. I’ve been a dance teacher for a while. I haven’t been doing it as frequently as before. Occasionally, I will have some students who still want to continue lessons, so they rented a dance studio for me. My focus is on jazz and modern dance. I teach about two classes per week. I earn a couple thousand dollars [HKD] each time.”
The 31-year-old actor expressed that he will optimistically face the consequences of the incident. “Entertainment news comes fresh every week. Maybe people will forget about this a week later, but even so, I will treat this incident as a lesson.”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.