Comics artist sues former girlfriend for defamation

Local | Cindy Wan 9 Aug 2018

Renowned comic artist Huang Tony Jademan Xian-zhen, better known by his pseudonym Wong Yuk-long, has sued his ex-girlfriend for defamation.

His former girlfriend - actress Annie Ngai Sze-pui - wrote on Weibo that Wong mistreated and assaulted his 18-year-old autistic son, according to a writ filed to the High Court on Tuesday.

However, Wong disputed this and insisted that he had taken care of his son properly.

He also applied for an injunction in an attempt to stop her from spreading any further libels.

According to the writ, Ngai was in a relationship with Wong from 1998 to 2004 and gave birth to their son, Royce Wong Ying-leung, in January 2000.

After the two separated in 2004, Royce Wong lived with Ngai in Singapore until they returned to Hong Kong in March 2015.

He has been studying at the Mental Health Association of Hong Kong Cornwall School since June 2015.

The writ said Wong has been taking care of his son since May 2015.

Ngai is accused of spreading libelous statements on 12 occasions on Weibo. These posts spanned from last November to May this year.

Her posts damage the plaintiff's reputation as there is an intention to mislead the public into believing that Wong is an unfit parent and should not have custody of his son, the writ says.

The writ also says Royce Wong is being well looked after by his father.

"The defendant was in fact the one who mistreated and often punished the son for no viable reasons by hitting and scolding him," the writ says.

Ngai has been given 14 days to either satisfy the claim or return to the High Court to state whether she intends to contest the proceedings or make an admission.

Apart from the writ, Wong, on Monday, applied for an emergency guardianship order for his son.

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