It all started on 27 January when various photographs of people resembling the above-named celebrities were all posted one after the other including the Hong Kong Discussion Forum and free. The photos in question included: A girl resembling Gillian Chung from the squeaky-clean group Twins with breasts peeking out from her bikini and her legs spread apart. In another picture, a man resembling Edison Chen performs cunnilingus on her.
A dazed-looking Cecilia Cheung posing in uniform in one picture, and nude in a bathroom in another. But as more and more photos were released into public domain, the newspapers soon changed their tune. She also sports the same belly ring, earring and tattoos as the real Cecilia Cheung. Various photography experts have also told the media that the pictures do not seem modified.
Even the Hong Kong cops soon conceded that the pictures appear real. Be careful of the viruses lurking out there when downloading stuff though! Our journalist friends around the region also tell us of how their colleagues have been gathering around computer monitors perving analysing the entire range of pictures together.
Most of them appear to have made up their own minds. Among the exclamations frequently heard in offices and at lunch across Asia this week: Cecilia is so hairy! She could use a shave! He is so small! Reports are now saying that Gillian has attempted suicide following the scandal. In the meanwhile, police have raided a computer store in Hong Kong and nabbed eight people in all, four of which are currently out on bail.
How did these people get hold of the pictures you ask? According to an informed source close to the person who was the source of the photographs, several months ago Edison Chen sent his pink Apple Powerbook laptop to a Central computer shop for repairs. The informed source said that the technician only intended to keep the material for his own enjoyment.
When his friends saw the material, they were astonished and lobbied him to post to the Internet. He did not want to do so himself, because he knew that Edison Chen has his contact information. So finally a female friend agreed to undertake the task of posting onto the Internet. That was how it happened. Police also added that the nabbed computers contained some 1, racy private shots of celebrities, including six women, two of whom had yet to be identified.
In the meanwhile, public sentiment appears to have turned against Edison, who is now accused as the culprit in the scandal. Shanghaiist has not publicised any pictures apart from those that are already in the public domain through the mainstream media.