Pro-Beijing newspaper Ta Kung Pao accused localist Edward Leung Tin-kei of picking a fight with its reporter in a front page story published yesterday.
The report came after Leung, who was disqualified from running for the Legislative Council elections, got into an altercation with the reporter surnamed Lo near Tai Koo MTR station on Saturday night.
The report, headlined "Living in Serviced Apartment and Traveling with Audi, Out-of-school and Unemployed Leung Tin-kei is Suprisingly Luxurious," claimed its "profound investigations" found Leung of Hong Kong Indigenous lives alone at Kornhill Apartments in Quarry Bay, which rents for at least HK$24,000 a month.
It said its investigations also showed Leung always dines out with his girlfriend but seldom goes to cha chaang teng that offer cheap meals. It also estimated that Leung spent HK$1,800 per month on smoking, as he consumes a full packet of cigarettes every day.
Noting that Indigenous convener Ray Wong Toi-yeung drives a silver Audi worth nearly HK$300,000, the report questioned whether there were any financial supporters behind Leung and Wong.
Wong criticized Ta Kung Pao yesterday for "going to absurd lengths" in smearing and spreading rumors, saying the secondhand Audi was owned by Channel i (HK) and was purchased in June for the election campaign at HK$30,000.
In a side story, Ta Kung Pao said Lo went to Causeway Bay to look for Leung at around 8pm on Saturday, intending to ask how he was able to lead an "extravagant life." It claimed Leung replied by swearing at Lo and said it wasn't Lo's business.
Lo left after Leung tried to push him away, but met Leung again three hours later at Tai Koo MTR station after having dinner with family, and that Leung started provoking him by calling him "Chinese dog."
The report claimed that Leung ran up and attacked Lo with his elbow, which made Lo bleed on the face, saying that the two then swore at each other and got into a scuffle. On Sunday online media DotDot News posted a video interview with Lo, who showed neck wounds and said his family is worried about his information going public. Some netizens found the IP address of DotDot News' website to be the same as that of another pro-Beijing newspaper, Wen Wei Po.