Earlier this week, Hong Kong actors Jackson Lai (黎振燁) and Ashley Chu (朱智賢)—costars in TVB’s upcoming drama Zombie <食腦喪B>—were caught on a date. Both have significant others: Ashley is dating fellow TVB actor Brian Tse (謝東閔), while Jackson is married, with a baby on the way.
Needless to say, the cheating scandal broke the Internet. To clarify the issue, TVB immediately called on a press conference the following day. Jackson and Ashley’s jobs have been suspended. Their suspensions have not affected the filming of Zombie, as the show had already completed filming two weeks ago.
In an interview with Scoop <東張西望> following Ashley’s press conference, she apologized once again to all the people involved. She also said, “I admit that my job as an actress was the reason why this happened. I am not experienced enough. I wasn’t able to separate the two. I couldn’t get out of my character.”
Jackson and Ashley play a couple in Zombie, which also stars Matthew Ho (何廣沛) and Kaman Kong (江嘉敏).
Many found Ashley’s reason questionable, and called it an excuse. Several celebrities have commented on the scandal including actor Wong He (王喜), who went on Facebook to give his two cents.
“Can’t get out of character? Ha~ if your character likes to eat sh*t then wouldn’t your mother save a lot of money on food? Your company has so many experienced actors and veterans, all who have set good examples, yet you still have’t shown any improvement. How are you going to continue ‘stealing food’ (cheating), oh, sorry, I mean ‘looking for food’ (earning a living)?” Wong He’s post garnered over 10,000 likes at the time of this article.
Jackson’s fellow Mr. Hong Kong contestant, Flow Leung (梁裕恆), also has nothing good to say about the cheating couple. Flow, who has always been very outspoken on social media, called out Jackson as a person with “no bottom line.”
Flow, who lost the throne to Jackson in the 2016 Mr. Hong Kong Competition, was also Jackson’s costar in TVB’s Airport Strikers <機場特警>.
“Remembering how you pretended to be a good man [back during MHK] really makes me want to throw up,” said Flow on Instagram. “A bunch of Mr. Hong Kong and Miss Hong Kong contestants were just chatting, but he had to personally step aside and say ‘I can’t chat with other girls because I don’t want to deal with it if my wife minds.’ He made sure the staff could see him. He made sure the executives know about it. It was really [too much]. It was just a group of people chatting together, doing some normal socializing. They weren’t telling you to secretly meet up in the middle of nowhere to share a cake. What was the problem?”
Flow continued to say that Jackson had managed to maintain his good guy image for a while, but now the secret is finally out for good. “Now you’ve resorted to cheating while your wife is pregnant with your child. The a**hole of all a**holes . . . if you wanted sex and you really couldn’t hold it in, just get a hooker, but clearly these two have more than just a sexual relationship.”
Flow ended his rant by saying, “A good man won’t have to always mention that he’s a good man.”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.