Actor's ex 'made first move'

Local | Staff Reporter 1 Dec 2020

An accountant at Stephen Chow Sing-chi's company testified at the High Court yesterday that she did not know what kind of services Chow's ex-girlfriend Alice Yu Man-fung provided.

Brenda Cheung, an accountant at Chow's company Star Overseas, said Yu was the one who has asked for a HK$20,000 monthly salary.

Cheung was testifying before Justice Russell Coleman in a lawsuit in which Chow is being sued for HK$70 million in investment commissions.

In April 2002, Yu suggested she be given a salary for the services she provided to Chow, Cheung said.

When asked by Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung, Yu's representative counsel, she said she did not know if Yu was involved in company operations and Chow's personal affairs before 2002.

Cheung reported to Chow that Yu would like to work for the company for HK$20,000 per month, and this was approved.

However, she did not know what kind of services Yu could provide the company, so she sent a draft version of the service agreement to Yu for her comments.

She denied Yuen's assertion that Yu had not initiated the idea of working as a financial consultant and that the position had been written on the "draft" version.

Star Overseas' office in Central was rented in 2003, and Yu went there almost daily, Cheung said. However, Cheung seldom saw Yu in the old office in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Chow sold a property at Silver Fortune Plaza in 2007. Cheung paid Yu HK$37.5 million in commission for the sale, which Cheung explained was how Yu had always claimed money.

Chow's elder sister, Chow Man-kei, who also appeared in court yesterday, said she thought it was strange that Yu requested a commission before the property had been sold.

Yu also requested a commission for the sale of two properties at Pollock's Path on The Peak, which Cheung said she had noted because she had reservations about Yu's calculations, among other reasons.

The case was adjourned to December 17 for closing submissions.

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