Double trouble for member of Twins


HONG KONG -- One half of the popular local girl group Twins, currently serving as pitch people for Hong Kong Disneyland's Chinese New Year promotion, was embroiled in a family-unfriendly scandal involving a graphic nude picture circulated on the Internet.

Emperor Entertainment Group, Twins' management company, refuted the authenticity of the photograph in a statement Monday. EEG maintained that they have filed a police report to investigate the source of the photograph and reserved its legal rights to prosecute anyone who released or distributed the picture.

The photograph allegedly featuring Gillian Chung in a compromising pose began circulating in online discussion forums early Monday morning. The photograph also allegedly depicted former EEG actor-singer Edison Chen. It was later deleted, but another photo, also purportedly of Chen, later surfaced with a different companion. Canadian-born Chen starred with Twins in the 2003 film "The Twins Effect," and had a cameo role in the upcoming Batman film, "The Dark Knight," filmed partially in Hong Kong.

Disney, who has a number of one-off collaboration deals with Twins, declined to comment. Most recently the duo -- who are neither twins nor even relatives -- sang the Disney Chinese New Year anthem "Goodbye Pig Welcome Mouse," and designed one of the eight "Salute to Mickey" statues as part of the Hong Kong Disneyland "Year of the Mouse" festivities. The group has built a wholesome image throughout their seven-year career.

Mani Fok, head of EEG artist management, refused to comment on the impact of the incident on the group's collaboration with Disney.

This is not Chung's first brush with overexposure. In 2006 she was involuntarily photographed in her backstage changing room in various states of undress during a concert in Malaysia. The incident caused a public outcry and prompted local celebrities including Jackie Chan -- who also starred in "The Twins Effect" -- to protest. The magazine that published the shots, Easy Finder, was ruled obscene in a Hong Kong court and later changed its name.