Loretta Chow (left), Hebe Chan (center), and Lily Ho (right) were speculated by the public to be the rape victim.
The rape case of a 23-year-old TVB actress–which occurred when she was in a drunken state–startled the public and shattered fans. TVB executive, Virginia Lok (乐易玲), has confirmed that the rape victim is a TVB artist. Discretely meeting with the rape victim earlier, Ms. Lok said that TVB has promised the rape victim and her family members that her identity will be kept a secret to ensure privacy.
Ms. Lok revealed that the rape victim initiated contact with her, confiding in her distress and seeking guidance on how to handle the matter. According to a TVB insider, a handful of TVB managers also knew her identity. The insider said, “Aside from Ms. Lok, the number of managers who know who the victim is can be counted on one hand. Ms. Lok ordered a directive that the details of the rape case must be kept confidential. The managers were banned to discuss the matter.”
Ms. Lok declared her full support towards the rape victim. “After encountering such an incident (rape), she immediately reported the case to the police. I fully support this course of action; it requires courage!”
The Hong Kong Police police Department acted swiftly after the rape charges were filed. On May 15th, the rape suspect, music producer and founder of VI-MAX Music Studio, Lee Ming Ho (李銘豪), was arrested by the police. Although released on bail, Lee was prohibited from leaving Hong Kong during the ongoing rape investigation. Lee denied that he had comitted rape.
Asked how the rape victim was currently feeling, Ms. Lok said that understandably, the woman was in distress. Ms. Lok recommended that the victim continue to work and resume as much normalcy as possible. “Personally, I feel that it is best to resume a normal mode of working and lifestyle,” Ms. Lok advised as the best method to handle the aftershock of the rape incident.
Ms. Lok Urged Young People to Not Drink
Since the rape victim was allegedly in a drunk stupor when she was sexually violated, Ms. Lok urged that young people should learn from the incident. Dangerous situations often arose when one’s judgement was impaired by alcohol. People should not turn to alcohol as a solution to their problems. Ms. Lok suggested better methods to address emotional distress, “I urge young people, whether men or women, and especially TVB artists, that no problems cannot be solved! We have such a large Artist Department; any problems can be discussed with colleagues or family members. There is no need to turn to alcohol. Drinking will not solve any problems, only bringing on more troubles!”
Actresses Suspected to Be Rape Victim
Since Apple Daily reported that the rape victim was a rising 23-year-old TVB actress with a strong interest in a pursuing a music career, the online community was flooded with discussions as to who the victim may be.
Model and TVB actress, Hebe Chan (陈婉婷), appeared to match the description of the rape victim, as reported by Apple Daily. Hebe had greater public exposure recently after appearing in Til Love Do Us Lie <结分@谎情式> and Come Home Love <爱回家>. In 2010, she participated in a magazine competition entitled “School Beauty Queen and King” <校花校草>, in which she underwent specialized training at VI-MAX Music Studio. At the time, Lee Ming Ho (李銘豪), pointed out that Hebe lacked patience. In 2011, Hebe Chan participated in the TVB Magazine Cover Girl competition. On her personal blog, Hebe posted photos of recording songs at a music studio.
Although many netizens suspected Hebe Chan to be the rape victim, she laughed off the rumors. Hebe wrote on her blog, “Thank you for everyone’s concern. Of course, it is not me.” Hebe added two smiley faces to her message, to illustrate that she was not emotionally distressed.
Twenty-three-year-old Lily Ho (何傲儿) was a former Miss Hong Kong participant and possessed an interest in music. Appearing at a promotional event for TVB series, Master of Play <心战, Lily Ho denied that she was the rape victim. Although she will normally drink with friends of the opposite gender, Lily will take precautions to not get drunk. She urged that women should know how to protect themselves and avoid potentially dangerous situations.
Former 2007 Miss Hong Kong Pageant second-runner up, Loretta Chow (周美欣), was also suspected to be the rape victim. The 23-year-old possessed a strong interest in singing and was taking Mandarin lessons, criteria which matched Apple Daily’s description of the rape victim.
Against popular speculation, Loretta’s good friend, Grace Wong (王君馨), denied that Loretta was the rape victim, citing that she did not drink. On May 16th, Loretta also consoled her fans on her Weibo blog that she was not the rape victim, punctuating the statement with a smiley emoticon.
Public interest in the high-profile rape case was intense, thus media and fan speculations as to the true identity of the rape victim will likely continue.
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Jayne: Virginia Lok offered good advice that alcohol does lead to additional troubles. However, the rape occurred this week, how can she advise the victim to resume normalcy so quickly and continue to work? Rape victims can be psychological tormented by the harrowing experience for years.
This was the same advice that she gave Shirley Yeung when she returned to Hong Kong after giving birth to her newborn baby.