Celeb sobs after getting caught cheatingLocal | Jane Cheung 17 Apr 2019
"I don't have a soul. I'm a broken man," singer Andy Hui Chi-on said last night in between sobs at a press conference after taxi camera footage caught him kissing and cuddling with actress Jacqueline Wong Sum-wing behind their partners' backs was published yesterday.
The 51-year-old singer said he would suspend all his jobs until he has finished reflecting on his wrongdoing.
At the conference hours after a Chinese newspaper's online news platform released the footage, Hui apologized for cheating on his wife Sammi Cheng Sau-man and people who love him.
"I'm ashamed of myself. I was wrong. I hate myself. I'm a stranger to myself. I'll reflect deeply on why I couldn't control myself and stop myself from committing this mistake. I was being lustful," he said while weeping.
"I drank a lot of alcohol that night, but I know it's not an excuse to commit such a huge mistake."
Hui read out the statement in 10 minutes and bowed in front of about 100 reporters before he left.
He did not respond to questions about whether his wife has forgiven him and if he would take legal action against the taxi driver who leaked the taxi footage.
The footage, published by the newspaper ruled the gossip mill yesterday, capturing the over 15-minute ride of the two celebrities in a taxi.
Hui and the 30-year-old actress boarded the taxi with another man, who insisted on sending Wong home first, but the pair refused and offered to drop him off instead. After the man got off, the pair told the driver to send them to Lei Yue Mun near Yau Tong, where Wong lives.
The pair kissed and hugged a dozen times en route. Wong even took off her mask to cuddle with Hui. The pair also held hands the entire time.
Citizens were shocked at the affair, as Hui has been married to singer Cheng for five years and Wong - in a relationship with fellow Television Broadcast Company labelmate and actor Kenneth Ma Kwok-ming for two years.
Many netizens made parodies to mock the two for cheating behind their partners' backs.
The ICAC jumped on the bandwagon and called on netizens to re-think attempting cheating and also warned citizens against corruption as surveillance devices are everywhere.
The footage sparked debate over whether the government should impose tighter rules to limit the use of cameras in taxis.
The Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data said leaking footage of passengers that reveals their identity is an infringement of personal information and may constitute violation of the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance.
The commissioner can issue a notice to the owner to take actions against leaking data, and if the violator does not act according to the notice, he may face a maximum penalty of HK$50,000 fine and two years in jail upon prosecution.
Barrister Albert Luk Wai-hung said the taxi driver might have violated the ordinance because the driver's purpose of using the camera has exceeded security purposes. Luk said the driver may have committed the crime of outraging public decency and obtaining access to a computer with a dishonest intent if the taxi is not his.
Civic Party lawmaker and Committee on Taxi Service Quality member Jeremy Tam Man-ho said there is no law prohibiting taxi drivers from publicizing such footage.
He said the government is drafting a guideline to regulate cameras installed in taxis.
"The instruction says they should not disclose any of these videos or voice recordings unless requested by the Transport Department or the police," he said. "But if they still distribute these video clips, there's no consequence."
Tam suggested the government to require all taxi camera videos to be encrypted and only made accessible to law enforcement bodies.