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February 21st, 2008, 3:00pm Hong Kong time, Eddison Chen appeared in a short 10 minutes press conference for the first time before the media for the Hong Kong obscene photos privacy leaked incident. He also declared his retirement from the entertainment industry and following is a summary statement.

    Eddison Chen’s Statement in Brief

Today, I returned to Hong Kong and not intended to evade responsibility. I had taken all photos myself. However, the original material was meant for my personal privacy but someone else had stolen it.

I am very sad to influence the whole lot of society, all women victims and heartfelt apologies to the family. Also, I would like to apologise to my parents. This is the most important thing that all Hong Kong citizens would like to understand. It is a lesson to be learnt as a young person like me.

I decided to leave the Hong Kong’s entertainment industry indefinitely and will be able to retire completely.

Also, I will cooperate fully with the police and appreciate their investigation. Right now, I have to rely on lawyer while the case is processed. Today, I would like to appreciate all of the visitors presented.

Once again, I deeply regretted and caused inconveniences as well as suffering to all female victims, their families, my family, and all Hong Kong citizens to come all the way here. Thank you. I hope my inappropriate conduct will be forgiven one day. Sorry about that.

Here is the full video version link.

    Full Version Statement

Today I have come back to Hong Kong to stand before you and account for myself. I have never escaped from my responsibility. During the past few weeks, I have been with my mother and my family and my loved ones to show support and care and at the same time to have them support and care for me.

I admit that most of the photos being circulated on the Internet were taken by me. But these photos are very private and have not been shown to people and are never intended to be shown to anyone. These photos were stolen from me illegally and distributed without my consent.

There is no doubt whoever obtained these photos have them uploaded on the Internet with malicious and deliberate intent. This matter has deteriorated to the extent that society as a whole has been affected by this. In this regard, I am deeply saddened. I would like now to apologize to all the people for all the suffering that has been caused and the problems that have arisen from this. I would like to apologize to all the ladies and to all their families for any harm or hurt that they have been feeling. I am sorry. I would like to also apologize to my mother and my father for the pain and suffering I have caused them during the past few weeks. Most importantly, I would like to say sorry to all the people of Hong Kong. I give my apology sincerely to you all, unreservedly and with my heart.

I know young people in Hong Kong look up to many figures in our society. And in this regard, I have failed. I failed as a role model. However, I wish this matter will teach everyone a lesson. To all the young people in our community, let this be a lesson for you all. This is not an example to be set for you.

During my time away, I have made an important decision. I will whole-heartedly fulfill all commitments that I have to date. But after that, I decided to step away from the Hong Kong entertainment industry. I have decided to do this to give myself an opportunity to heal myself and to search my soul. I will dedicate my time to charity and community work within the next few months. I will be away from Hong Kong entertainment industry indefinitely. There is no time frame.

I have been assisting the police since the first day the photos were published and I will continue to assist them. After this press con., I have obligation to help them with their investigation and hope that this case can end soon as everyone I think has the same wish.

I would like to use this opportunity to thank the police for their hard work on this case. Thank you. I believe everyone’s priority now (and) my priority now is to stop the suffering and pain, for not letting this…we do not want to let this situation become more out of control. We need to protect all the innocents and all the young from matters like this. In this regard, I have instructed my lawyers to do everything possible within the law to protect all the innocents, victims of this case. I believe that a press statement is being issued as we speak on what my lawyers have advised me to do.

Lastly, I would like to thank everyone for coming here today and listening to what I have to say. I would like to also apologize once again to all the ladies and their families, my family and to everyone in Hong Kong and everyone in our society. I am deeply saddened by this. And I apologize to everyone (who) has to go through this. I would like to also thank you for giving me this opportunity to say what I have wanted to say all along in my heart.

I hope, after today, I can have your forgiveness. With regard to this case, with everything, everything that has happened, I am deeply sorry. I hope you all accept my apology and give me a chance.

Thank you.