Hong Kong's celebrity sex scandal is becoming more like a bad movie every day.
Monday saw Gillian Chung, actress and one half of the formerly wholesome pop duo Twins, hold a press conference to apologize to her fans for her part in the PR debacle that has consumed the Hong Kong public for nearly two weeks.
Several hundred photos of B-list actor Edison Chen in flagrante with a string of female stars have trickled out on to the Net. To the extreme embarrassment of those concerned, these have been plastered across front pages of local newspapers for days on end.
Chen could soon find himself cut out of the business. He stars in "Jump," a pic produced by Stephen Chow's Star Overseas and bankrolled by Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia.
Hong Kong papers have reported that the pic will now reshoot and leave Chen's scenes on the cutting room floor. A Columbia spokesman would not confirm, but said that a release date had never been fixed. He told Variety,
"Star Overseas asked us if we want them to re-edit and trim some scenes, and we are exploring that option now."
Chen is also due to appear in Joel Schumacher's "The Dark Knight," and his role there may also come in for review.