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Friday, November 25, 2011
Benny Chan apologises for molesting Rose Chan
Benny Chan, who is bombarded with criticism following reports that he and Joe Ma molested Rose Chan in China earlier on, finally steps forward and apologises to his 19-year-old victim.
With his heavily pregnant wife Jiang Lisha by his side, Benny, dressed in a suit, bowed and apologised to Rose, her family and her friends for three times throughout the press conference held in Hong Kong this afternoon.
"Regarding the unhappy incident involving Rose Chan, I sincerely apologise. I'm sorry!" said the 42-year-old, admitting that he went completely over the lineafter having a few drinks.
He continued: "I unwittingly did something improper to Rose and ended up hurting her. I hereby solemnly apologise to her and her family and friends."
He expressed his regret for letting down his family, friends, fans and most of all, his wife, who's been supportive towards him since the day the incident was reported and sent shockwaves across the showbiz.
It was at this moment he broke down in tears and admitted: "I have made a mistake!" Jiang, who was by her side, comforted him by patting on his shoulders and wiping off his tears, but ended up crying, too.
Benny Chan (right) broke down in tears when apologising to Rose Chan at the press conference. At his right is his heavily pregnant wife Jiang Lisha. (image source: ent.ifeng.com/Tungstar)
Speaking through sobs, Benny said that he was thankful to get the support of his wife and promised to quit drinking and focus on being a responsible husband and father.
He bowed and apologised to Rose for one last time and asked for her forgiveness. He also extended his apology to her mother and her manager Sin Kwok Lam.
Jiang, who is due to deliver in Dec, also pleaded with the public to forgive her husband, adding that Benny has realised his mistake.
"(We) hope that Rose can forgive Benny," she said.
It appeared that the incident has taken an emotional toll on Benny, as he was reportedly still sobbing when he and Jiang left the venue. Click here to watch the video of Benny's apology.
Meanwhile, Ma, 43, released a statement claiming that he had not and did not attempt to sexually harrass Rose when they were in Hengdian World Studios. He added that he felt bad for what has happened to Rose nonethess and will consult with his lawyer on suing the magazine that carried the reports for defamation.