Star may get free escape in Xinjiang row

Central Station | 30 Mar 2021

Cantopop star Eason Chan Yik-shun may be hit with a fine of up to 60 million yuan (HK$71 million) for cutting ties with Adidas over the Xinjiang cotton controversy. But he may not need to dig into his pocket, according to people in the business.

This came after the German sportswear company said it would not produce goods in Xinjiang or use cotton from the region over alleged forced labor concerns.

Chan posted a statement on Weibo Thursday saying he will cease all collaboration with Adidas. Some sources claimed that Chan, a brand ambassador for Adidas since 2011, may have to pay up to 60 million yuan for that.

However, others with knowledge of Chinese commercial law said there is an escape clause in these kinds of contracts that exempt artists from compensating brands under certain circumstances.

Both Adidas and Chan's company have not confirmed the amount of compensation.

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