History[ edit ] Elite Multimedia, the shop at the centre of the allegations In November , Chen purchased a pink PowerBook personal computer, a photograph of which he published on his blog. Employees who discovered over 1, intimate photographs of Chen and numerous female celebrities may have secretly copied these files. Although the original post was deleted after a few hours, the image did the rounds at other major forums in Hong Kong such as Uwants and HKGolden. Chung's management agency, Emperor Entertainment Group EEG , immediately challenged its authenticity, and filed a police report.
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The scandal shook the Hong Kong entertainment industry in early and received high profile media attention locally and around the world. Many local newspapers headlined the story consecutively during the first fortnight of February , relegating coverage of the Chinese winter storms to secondary prominence during Chinese New Year. The Hong Kong police enlisted the assistance of Interpol to stem the spread of the photographs. Ten people were arrested in connection with the distribution of the photographs. A computer technician was convicted of three counts of obtaining access to a computer with dishonest intent, and received a custodial sentence of eight and a half months. The police crackdown raised questions over violations of the privacy and free speech rights of Internet users.