Actress-model Chau sues management company

Local | Sophie Hui 13 Sep 2018

Actress-model Chrissie Chau Sau-na has sued her management company for HK$3.55 million.

Chau also asked for a declaration that her contract with the company - GME Holdings Ltd - is terminated, according to the writ submitted to the High Court on Tuesday.

The writ states that Chau appointed GME Holdings to be her exclusive manager on November 1, 2011, and all income generated from Chau's works was to be collected by the company.

It said the company had arranged various jobs for Chau and had generated income.

According to the writ, Chau was entitled to a 60 percent share of the income, and the company was to pay her share of income within 60 days after receipt.

But Chau sued GME Holdings for breach of contract as the company did not pay her share of income, amounting to HK$4,160,869.

Chau claimed that she had suffered loss and damages.

Earlier, on July 5 this year, Chau demanded her money via a legal letter to GME Holdings.

The company said it had paid her HK$608,798.33.

Chau sent two more letters on August 10 and 29 claiming outstanding payment, but it failed to pay the remainder, amounting to HK$3,552,070.67.

Chau, 33, became one of Hong Kong's most famous pseudo models, or lang mo in Cantonese, after releasing two portrait albums in 2009 and 2010 at the Hong Kong Book Fair.

An iconic body pillow of her was also sold at the fair.

Chau was a guest at a seminar at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in October 2009 entitled "Unscrambling the Chrissie Chau Phenomenon."

She was interviewed by Li Siu-leung, associate professor with the department of cultural studies at Lingnan University, in front of 400 students and staff.

Chau focused on acting in recent years and performed in a number of movies and dramas, including a TVB drama, Deep In The Realm Of Conscience which played on TV in May.

She was also nominated as the Best Actress for the first time in the 37th Hong Kong Film Awards for her performance in the movie 29+1.

However, another contestant Teresa Mo Sun-kwan took the award home for her role in Tomorrow is Another Day.

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