Yammie Nam Reveals Circumstances Behind Rape Tragedy

By on December 19, 2013 in NEWS

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Additional details about Yammie Nam’s (藍潔瑛) rape claims have emerged, painting a dreary picture of her sufferings throughout the past decades.

One of the top graduates from TVB’s artist training program, Yammie achieved great success in the 1980s due to her classic beauty. She also made her way into the film industry and collaborated with some of the hottest names. Despite her potential, Yammie faded from the public after her parents’ successive deaths in the mid-1990s. Her erratic behavior began soon after, and was frequently admitted into mental health facilities due to multiple suicide attempts. Unable to hold a steady job, Yammie’s debts piled up and she ultimately filed for bankruptcy in 2005. Hopeless in life, Yammie now only makes headlines for her disheveled appearance and temper tantrums.

Many theories exist to explain Yammie’s tragic downfall, though until this week, the 50-year-old had kept the truth a secret. Yammie’s good friend, singer Mary Yeung (楊曼莉), had been the public’s only source for updates, though even she had lost touch for two years. In 2008, Mary provided an early clue to her friend’s painful past, revealing to the press that Yammie had personally confessed that she was raped by top players of the film industry. With no evidence and no confirmation, the public remained both skeptical and curious.

Yammie Admits Rape in Video Interview

Now, five years later, Yammie surprisingly opened up and admitted to the rape in a short, Mandarin interview. Hong Kong’s Next Magazine obtained the exclusive clip this week, revealing for the first time what might have happened.

Yammie spoke of being sexually-harassed by two men in the Hong Kong film industry, and both incidents occurred almost thirty years ago. Although the men’s names were removed from the clip, one of them has already passed away, while the other was the man who violated her in Singapore. Yammie explained that she was invited to the country to visit a film set, and was given a room for the night. While she was resting, the drunken man entered her room with a stolen key and performed the indecent act. Afraid of drawing unwanted attention, Yammie decided against filing a police report, believing that the man acted only out of drunkenness. She obtained a medical checkup and emergency contraception soon afterwards. Although she did not suffer further physical harm, her spirit was badly shaken. Admitting to suicide attempts, Yammie displayed wrists covered with slit marks self-inflicted with razor blades.

Having suffered similar humiliation in an abduction incident in the 1990s, Carina Lau (劉嘉玲) was completely devastated upon hearing Yammie’s story. “I am very worried about her condition. I have spoken with her a long time ago, and she was already in poor shape back then” Carina hopes that others will be generous to Yammie, and believes that Eric Tsang (曾志偉), who possesses good relationships with many artists, will be able to make a breakthrough. “He is a wise man and will know what to do. Others may not be able to ever step into [Yammie’s] world.”

Source: Ming Pao

This article is written by Katrine for JayneStars.com.

93 comments to Yammie Nam Reveals Circumstances Behind Rape Tragedy

  1. casual fella says:

    help from her love one, family and friends are so much needed for her to get thru all this … get well soon.

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  2. Funn Lim says:

    I am a bit confused. What has Eric got to do with all these?

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    • jayne replied:

      Eric Tsang has good relationships with many artists in the field. Carina is suggesting that due to Yammie’s mental condition, it is difficult for others to communicate with her effectively.

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      • casual fella replied:

        i see…

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      • Funn Lim replied:

        Isn’t that inappropriate? If she was raped, wouldn’t she feel uncomfortable with another guy advising her? Why isn’t anyone suggesting some sort of help in terms of therapy, etc? I know in the past many offered her jobs but she then disappeared. Maybe help her again this way? Let her have something to occupy her time? And if there limitation to rape charges in singapore/HK? If not help her to her to get justice?

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      • kolo replied:

        agree,since she has revealed this,it means she is open for help,it should be anyway a lady for helping yammie with her problems,someone who she trust.someone who knows to deal with such rape cases.i hope she can stand-up again,she already suffered enough.

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    • casual fella replied:

      MTE, why Eric Tsang?

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      • mcfan replied:

        lots of ppl here/netizens have this bad impression about Eric Tsang when all of us here do not know what type of friend he is to others in the entertainment world….if carina lau can bring his name up in this kind of situation, it shows that eric is a dependable friend when trouble looms.

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      • Cleo replied:

        because Carina Lau does not want to inconvenience herself to help a fellow assault victim.

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      • Ang replied:

        Eric Tsang is often called upon to mentor and help out other artistes. Recently I read that he was asked to go help a TVB actor in china over some relationship matters…

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  3. HeTieShou says:

    This is just so sad to hear and many can feel sorry for her, but who can really help her? Also, I have a feeling that these incidents could not have occurred nearly 30 years ago because that would be during the early to mid 80s which was when she was still successful and had a happier life. I think it happened in the late 90s or so but I am not sure. But I really hope she can pick herself up again and since she has no family, I hope her friends can help her.

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    • Scaredy Cat replied:

      Is she the artiste who acted in that series with Adam Cheng named Greed of Man or something like that? I remember seeing her face in that drama series and remember thinking to myself what a pretty girl she is but I never knew her name. If she is the same artiste, then surely the incident(s) could not have happened 30 years ago?

      What a waste of what could have been a beautiful life. I hope something good comes out of her public admission.

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      • Hannah replied:

        Yup. That was her.

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      • ninja mommy replied:

        there was a rumour (probably with little truth) that she was so into her character especially when she lost her mind or something like that that she couldn’t get out of it since and that was when her mental stability spiraled downhill.

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      • claire replied:

        Correct, she played Wai Ling (Adam Cheng girlfriend turned to Damian Lau lover) in TVB hits drama “The Greed of Man” (1992), she also appeared in another TVB blockbuster “Looking Back In Anger” (1989) as Felix Wong’s wife, both dramas poduced by Wai Ka Fai. Yammie isn’t only pretty but alsa she can act, rarely to find current TVB actress has perfect combination, beauty & talented.

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      • Funn Lim replied:

        Yammie? She was Felix and Deric’s mother who was hung to death for murder (she was innocent and remains one of the saddest scenes in TVB history).

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      • Charbydis replied:

        I agree that she had the whole package – beauty and acting skills. I was sort of surprised how her career sort of went downhill after Greed of Man. I thought she got married or something til I heard that she has serious mental problems.

        But being assaulted twice is horrible! I feel so sad for Yammie! Shame on the two animals who did it! I really hope Eric or someone can reach out to her and give her some counselling therapy. It not her fault at all! I hope that by releasing her traumatic agony pent up all those years, she will find a release and recover. I will watch her on screen anytime, even when she is 70 and wrinkled.

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      • HeTieShou replied:

        Yea, she is the actress in the Greed of Men. I have a feeling that playing that character did really affect her in real life. I heard that happened to the late Leslie Cheung too. She played Felix’s wife in Looking back in Anger in the first few episodes. I just rewatched that series recently and it was really sad when she was hanged.

        I love her in the ancient series since her roles in ancient series were not all so tragic. I remember how she and the cast in The Vixen’s Tale all said how happy they were when they made that series and had lots of fun. I think during the 80s was among Yammie’s happiest and most successful times in her life. I just feel so sad to see how she is now. That shows and reminds us all that we can famous and rich one moment but poor and unknown the next. Life is unpredictable.

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  4. jujubean says:

    This video goes down the list of movies/ppl she was involved with around the unfortunate event.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNgVsZ5DFcA

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  5. jujubean says:

    She was raped. Then her parents successively died. Then two boyfriends committed suicide. She’s been through too much. Tragic.

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    • shiok replied:

      can anyone explain more about her 2 boyfriends committed suicide as we never know she dated …the only man that helped her long time ago financially was the lawyer but he has also stop helping her when she dump him due to her erratic behavior

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  6. julie says:

    may God reach out and help this poor woman!

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    • milktea replied:

      Indeed, God please. Hope there are kind souls who can lift her out from all these painful misery. It is really hurting to see her in this way. I believe many would be willing to extend their helping hand.

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      • Cleo replied:

        I don’t agree at all – many enter the field to become prostitutes or pimps and disdain those like Linda Chung who retreat to her hotel room instead of socializing with wealthy sponsors so I don’t think anyone wants to dig into their own hooker savings to help her out. I have no idea why Carina Lau would mention Eric Tsang but I’m just hoping this is all one big propaganda concoction and the emotional violence is just part of the fabrication to arouse public outrage on behalf of rape victims current and historic.

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      • annoymous replied:

        @cleo: why would compare an actress (american, hong kong or otherwise) as a hooker? i’m sure they do not enter the field as a prostitute/pimps as you suggest.

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  7. Cleo says:

    she must be getting a welfare payment every month so I don’t know if she needs anything more than a personal groomer to make sure she is clean and groomed – she already has government housing

    how is it NO ONE is suggesting a police investigation and the remaining rapist’s identity is STILL being protected

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    • HeTieShou replied:

      Yes, she gets welfare each month. It is 3500 HK dollars and she lives in public housing so I think she does not pay much and has the rest to live off of

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      • HeTieShou replied:

        I think it is 3500 HK or 3800hk dollars. Somewhere around that amount. I do not remember the exact amount.

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  8. Nick says:

    Now I could understand why Ada Choi was fearing for her life when she went to China (I think) and got left in the middle of nowhere. I hope Yammie recovers now that she’s revealed the story. She’s still beautiful if she gets herself today.

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    • Crystal replied:

      I thought Ada got stopped in the middle of a highway, on her way to the airport, not left behind… either way, still scary.

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      • tvbfanatic replied:

        No, they told her to get out of the car and left her on the side of the road.

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    • Camey replied:

      I don’t blame her for feeling terrified Nick, the BBC covered a story not so long ago about a study on rape. In the study 20% of men in rural China had admitted to raping a woman.

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      • msxie replied:

        BBC- the same media station that covered up 30 years of sex harassment by one of their higher ups. The irony!

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  9. Panzer says:

    Considering Eric turns into a drunken yob at any opportunity, I really don’t think he would be the best candidate to “break through” to her.
    Carina would be the best possible in the entertainment world imo.

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  10. Leva says:

    Did she get raped twice in different place? Only 1 man went into her room.

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  11. Karen Koh says:

    Poor lady…! I hope she gets help till she recovers. So sad .. why the guy who raped her still cannot be mentioned? Let him defense himself if he’s not guilty…Maybe that would help her heal…? Who knows…!

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  12. Cleo says:

    so the police will investigate – they can ask the reporter who beeped out the name or the alleged rape victim herself and then match up her passport records to who else was in Singapore at the time

    http://hk.next.nextmedia.com/article/1241/17137927

    dai gor vs dai gor dai

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sammo_Hung

    Singapore 1990:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skinny_Tiger,_Fatty_Dragon

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    • holiday replied:

      :O are you saying sammo raped her

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      • Cleo replied:

        NO! I think this is some kind of propaganda to highlight the plight of the Comfort Women in the aftermath of WW2.

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      • LeilaFan replied:

        I SERIOUSLY DOUBT if Sammo Hung rapes her, He was married from 1973-1994 and remarried in 1995-now, and have many childrens.
        From his marriage timeline, I doubt if he go rape Yammie, he has a wife at home, LOL!

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      • HeTieShou replied:

        Just because someone is married with children at home does not mean that they cannot go out and rape others. Many people live a double life including those serial killers who on the outside are just like a normal citizen but live another secret life that on,y they would know about. I am just saying in general so aiming at Sammo or anyone in particlular.

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    • pandamao replied:

      she said one of them passed away .. i wonder who could that be.

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      • sandcherry replied:

        Is a guess only ….. Tang Kwong Wing?

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      • HeTieShou replied:

        Who was Tang Kwong Wing? Was he a mafia leader?

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      • kolo replied:

        i cant believe tang kwong wing would do such disgusting things,he is one of the righteous big brother there are. i guess jacky chan but he is still alive.there are not many big brother in the’80 that have passed away.

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      • sandcherry replied:

        Alan Tang Kwong-Wing was a Hong Kong film actor, producer and director. I heard that he had some connections with some triads, and he was a “Dai Lo” in film industries. It was only my guess. He passed away in Hong Kong in March 2011.

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      • sandcherry replied:

        That is why I guessed it was Tang Kwong-Wing. He was a Big Brother in film industry. But again it was only my guess.

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      • sandcherry replied:

        Was he a mafia leader? ……….. not officially, but through rumours.

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      • kolo replied:

        he wasnt.but have connections,many have in those times. even andy lau have made a movie with the triads.

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      • loooooooooooo replied:

        what about lau kar wing or siu hak?

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      • loooooooooooo replied:

        siu hak or ko sau leong?

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  13. kiwi says:

    I don’t know. I saw the interview clip and found Yammie to be unstable. What to do for her is to get herself check by a professional in order to determine her state of mind. Whatever she said is not liable because she is mentally unstable.

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    • waiting replied:

      i believe yammie, she has nothing to hide, she knows what she is saying

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  14. M says:

    Asking eric to help her? Probably eric was the one who did it to her @:P

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    • Freak replied:

      That’s what people have been saying all these years. The year is 1992 and the movie was: which was filmed in Singapore, and directed by none other than fat head Eric Tsang.

      For Eric Tsang to “help” Gillian Chan and Carina Lau during their scandals, it’s so ironic that he probably was the perpetrator to many other unknown rapes in the industry.

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  15. Peter says:

    I feel pity for her. Hope she will get into rehab to get recover as soon as possible.

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  16. Yen says:

    For those who kept saying why ERIC why ERIC?
    It means he has lots of CONNECTION!
    Meaning hmmmm the white and black!!

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  17. Trang says:

    she needs all the love, support and understanding she can get. Poor thing. I wonder if she has siblings who can step up and help her heal. 30 yrs is a long time to live with such secret. now that it’s out, maybe she can begin the healing process.

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  18. Applelim says:

    Awful to hear and see her like this. She was so beautiful years ago. Sounds like she has a few demons to fight in her life. Did she ever got married or attached with an actor those days???

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    • HeTieShou replied:

      She never got married but did date several times, but sadly two of them committed suicide. I heard that she used to date this really rich guy back in the days but one of her girlfriends casted a spell on her and took him away from her. Heard that they are still married to this day. I am not sure if she ever dated an actor though. Oh yea and that one lawyer dude used to help her proposed to her but she said no. I am glad she did because I do not think he ever loved her but was only using her for publicity. Her life is just so sad…

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      • sandcherry replied:

        that one lawyer dude used to help her proposed to her but she said no ……….. that lawyer is rather old and ugly.

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      • HeTieShou replied:

        Yea he was old and ugly but heard that he later said that she was old and ugly and would kick her out of his bed if she tried to climb in. If that was true, then lawyer guy is such a big jerk.

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      • sandcherry replied:

        OMG …… poor Yammie!

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      • kolo replied:

        im curious,why would her girlfriend did a spell on her? and what has she done to this “girlfriend”?

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      • HeTieShou replied:

        I just heard from another poster here that this girlfriend liked her rich boyfriend and wanted to steal him away from her. Maybe her girlfriend was jealous of her and wanted him for herself? I do not think she ever did anything bad to this girlfriend but then again I do not know the details since these are just rumors that may or may not be true.

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      • KK replied:

        “one of her girlfriends casted a spell on her”
        Any spell can be broken if you are a Christian and have God’s protection. It happened to me once when my female Myanmar colleague cast a spell on me in office. It was terrible as I had an out of body experience for 5 minutes. She had a nasty shock when God broke the spell for me.

        Just some advice, do not eat food or drinks, if given by someone you don’t know well. Do not accept things from someone you don’t know well as you won’t know if that thing contains a charm or not.

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      • HeTieShou replied:

        Sorry but that is not true that any spell can broken just because you are Christian or whatever. Here we go again another preaching that their religion is the best. You can believe east you want, but do not think it us superior to others beliefs.

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      • qwerty replied:

        KK,

        Woah, I believe majority of people are much more interest in your female myanmar colleague’s curse spell than christianity.

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  19. Meijen says:

    If this involving the mafia, I wonder if her parent death were truely accident and her boyfriends suicidal incidents were really true suicides.

    Just my imaginary mind

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  20. Looooooooooo says:

    You must are right.possible her parents got murdered and boyfriends for end To commit suicide

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  21. david says:

    WTF this woman is clearly doing this for publicity stunt. Common after 2 decades why the hell would you just absurdly bring this up again , it’s like going through the ordeal again. I think the HK paparazzi must have given her a large sum given the situation she is in right now!

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    • Funn Lim replied:

      I don’t think she is doing this for publicity. She gains nothing but more media intrusion and her fragile state of mind is affected as well. I also am not sure whether to believe her allegations. All I know is she is sick, she needs help and no one knows how.

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    • skinnymocha replied:

      On the matter of timing, yunno, rape victims may find it difficult to come forward. Some only speak up years later, some never speak of it ever again… It’s not a straightforward crime that’s easy to report. Society tells you you’re tainted goods, blames you for being open / hanging in the wrong circle / dressing inappropriately – basically, you were asking for it. Oh, the sl_t shaming.

      ——————

      Have you seen the video of reporters hanging with her at a karaoke bar? I doubt they would hand her a large sum of money – they simply toy with her and take advantage of this women. Poor Yammie. They’ll get their piece of news and leave her out to dry; they won’t reach out and help her.

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      • HeTieShou replied:

        Oh yea, I saw videos of reporters just taping her without her permission. Of course reporters do that to all celebs but at least other celebs are not as vulnerable, have bodyguards, managers,assistants,etc.. While she has no one to help or protect her at all. I also doubt that reported would give her anything. Therefore, those who think she is doing this for publicity or some monetary gain is totally wrong.

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      • sandcherry replied:

        Sad …………….!

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      • david replied:

        Common guys what this poor woman needs is professional help and what is she doing right now? I don’t know how hard it can be but she really didn’t need to do this. She is clearly doing this without a reason
        but for attention!

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      • HeTieShou replied:

        I do not think attention is that important for someone to admit to something like rape. Of course we all knows she needs help but with no family,money and other resources, how can she get help? Friends can only do so much.

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      • HeTieShou replied:

        David,
        You clearly do not know what a hard life Yammie is living and what she has been through. Your comments are ignorant and honestly a bit mean.

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      • skinnymocha replied:

        “I don’t know how hard it can be…”

        Clearly.

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    • waiting replied:

      yammie is screaming for justice and she will get it

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      • Cleo replied:

        how? even though there is no statute of limitations on rape in HK, there is no proof – just her word against whoever her attackers are. She needs to win the lottery or to have a trust fund set up for her so she can have privacy like Little Dragon Girl.

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  22. yoyo says:

    I think Eric is a person full of compassion, I remember in one show he offered to donate quite a big sum toward Lydia Sum’s medical expenses. As Eric is a very influential man, he is capable of helping Yammie. I believe Carina is a very wise woman, she will not say such a thing unless she is confident Eric could help, e.g. finding Yammie a job so she can get back her life again.

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    • HeTieShou replied:

      I think finding a job for her is not hard, but the hardest part is for her to be mentally and physically able to sustain that job. I remember in 2004 when she acted in Love is a miracle. Many praised her talent but she was hard to get along with because of her condition.

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    • Cleo replied:

      given his wealth, did he ever replace the money that his father stole from the HKPD?

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  23. Richard says:

    This isn’t about hearsay or speculation.

    This is about giving a woman her life back that was taken from her.

    From what I have observed up to this point I choose to believe in Yammie , others can believe what they want.

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  24. sophia says:

    I am watching Greed of Man. Love her.
    WISHING HER ALL THE BEST in the world. Hope you will find peace one day very soon Yammie.

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    • HeTieShou replied:

      Yes, Yammie is truly a rare beauty and talent and it is such a big pity that she has to end up like this. I feel sooo sad for her…

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  25. Scaredy Cat says:

    When an individual is unable to recover from very traumatic events that have an extremely adverse effect on his/her life, psychiatrists often recommend counseling sessions during which that individual is encouraged to reflect on and talk about those events. Forcing them to “confront their demons”, so to speak, often have the effect of bringing closure to those incidents, which enables them to finally heal and recover. Perhaps this is what Yammie is doing, seeking closure. I do not think she is doing it for publicity.

    Madness and insanity can be caused by some forms of STD. Google STD and insanity and you will find some interesting results. Not saying this applies to her, certainly hope not, it’s bad enough for anyone to be violated, but to be infected as a result would be a double whammy. Just something to take note of.

    Wish her well.

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    • jc replied:

      ?????

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    • Cleo replied:

      really? she could have some undiagonosed std? wouldn’t MATCH her alleged rapist then!???

      I saw that on Law and order that a specific strain of std had specific dna or whatever.

      WOW.

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  26. j00ky says:

    At the end of the day, Yammie is the only one who HAS to want to help herself get better. Take a look at Leslie, he had everything, money friends family, yet depression still took over him.

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    • Cleo replied:

      I think medication was blamed in his case and in Iris Chang’s case because honestly – Comfort Women have a good reason to off themselves – the rest of us want to stick around and fight our enemies.

      I don’t think Iris Chang is really dead though so maybe Leslie isn’t either.

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    • HeTieShou replied:

      Good point and it is going to be a lot harder for Yammie. However, at least she has not committed suicide so I think that shows she still has the will and strength to live.

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