Popular Hong Kong actor Eric Tsang has denied he raped beautiful 1980s actress Yammie Lam more than 20 years ago.
The tragic life of a once promising and beautiful actress:
- Allegedly raped by two leading actors
- Two boyfriends committed suicide
- Several attempts to take her own life
- Admitted to mental hospital
- Bankrupt, living on welfare, in public housing
- Premature ageing, dishevelled and disorientated in public
- Said to be suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, rejects help from friends
- Diagnosed with uterine fibroid, refuses to seek treatment
A former Hong Kong actress who left the world of show business in 2004 returned to public attention on Wednesday after an old video surfaced on the Internet of her claiming that two big names in Hong Kong’s entertainment industry raped her more than two decades ago.
The video was filmed and released by the Hong Kong-based gossip magazine Next Magazine in 2013, causing quite a stir back. The original video, which has been viewed nearly 2.3 million times on YouTube, concealed the offenders’ names, which caused some speculation in subsequent years.
In 2014, Hong Kong-based media personality and businessman Xiao Ruoyuan, also known as Stephen Shiu Yeuk-yuen, disclosed that the two suspects were Alan Tang, who died in 2011 of a heart attack, and Eric Tsang, who is still acting and producing films, and enjoying an A-list lifestyle in Hong Kong.
The video that is circulated now alleges Tang and Tsang were the offenders.
In the clip, Lam said he thought Tsang was drunk and “probably possessed by a demon” when he raped her in Singapore.
In the afternoon of January 10, Tsang published an announcement on his Weibo account, denying the accusation and saying that he would pursue legal action against those who further spread the rumour.
According to iFeng website, Tsang said the clip of an interview with Lam had been falsely edited.
He said he had engaged a law firm to take action against the video.
Han Yinghua, former Asia Pacific president of the US-based Ford Modeling Agency, responded on her Weibo account, saying that Lam is not the only victim of Tsang’s sexually predatory behaviour.
“This trash has sexually assaulted female entertainers for more than once. Everyone in showbiz knows it,” Han wrote.
She also told a story of one of her models being invited by Tsang to a karaoke bar while in Hong Kong. He allegedly spiked the model’s drinks with drugs when she went to the bathroom.
This is not the first time that Tsang has been accused of sexual predation. In 1989, when he directed and starred in the film ‘Fatal Vacation’, there were rumours that he made real moves on an actress while acting out a rape scene. When filming wrapped, the female art director denounced Tsang. The scene was deleted from the original film.
So far, there’s been no response from Lam, who has been out of the public eye since an exclusive interview in 2015 with Now TV where she appeared healthier than the many times she had been seen in a ravaged and jaded state.
One of the five “Dragon Girls” at Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) in the 1980s, Lam’s promising early career included her notable performance in the TVB classic ‘The Greed of Man’ and films such as ‘A Chinese Odyssey’.
Considered one of the most popular and beautiful actresses back then, Lam experienced a couple of tragic relationships where two boyfriends committed suicide in 1986 and 1989, respectively.
Long-term romantic relationships eluded her as men she dated could not handle her unpredictable mood swings.
She spiralled into depression and mental instability, and her acting fizzled out in the mid-1990s.
Her parents’ passing in 1995 and 1996 further contributed to her declining psychological health.
She was first admitted to hospital for unstable mental health in 2004.
In 2006, she filed for bankruptcy and since then has been living on state monthly welfare of HK$3,700 and residing in public housing.
In 2007, she was spotted wandering around alone on the streets, smoking heavily, wearing a nightgown.
In 2013, Lam revealed that she was raped by two leading men in the Hong Kong entertainment industry more than two decades ago which allegedly played a part in her deteriorating mental health. She was reportedly unable to put the rape behind her and attempted suicide on several occasions.
The Hong Kong media reported that old friends and colleagues tried to help Lam by lending her money and trying to find jobs for her. Her fans in mainland China managed to raise nearly 20,000 RMB for her in early 2015, but her living conditions did not improve much.
Speculated to be suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, Lam rejects help from friends and is always suspicious of others’ motives. Friends have said that she is always tense and apprehensive that someone would harm her.
Apparently, she is also diagnosed with a uterine fibroid. However, she has refused to seek regular treatment, as she is afraid of taking medication and being admitted to a hospital.