A famous model in the car industry vowed Thursday to bring a man who uploaded her explicit video to justice.
Zhai Ling, 23, from Shandong province, nicknamed "shoushou" (beast), is a professional model belonging to the New Silk Road Model Company in Beijing.
Model Zhai Ling poses for the camera at an autoshow in Beijing. [File photo]
Zhai took second place in the China Underwear Model Final Competition in 2006 and won the "Silk Road Cup" China Final Competition of the International Model Competition in the same year. Her fame grew online in 2008 and her blog was visited by thousands daily.
Last Friday, Yang Di - who claimed to be her boyfriend in chat forums - uploaded three sexually explicit videos of Zhai as well as numerous photos. Netizens erupted in curiosity and anger, spreading rumors that Zhai intended to commit suicide.
Yang claimed he was Zhai's photographer, and said that when Zhai first became a model three years ago, she had already been involved in several pornographic videos with a previous boyfriend.
Yang said he used his family's social status to help her handle the scandal and promote her, which sparked their love. Yang alleged that Zhai wanted to leave him the moment she became famous and his behavior was a natural response to desertion.
However, some netizens have pointed the finger at commercial gain, noting that Jing Wong, a famous director from Hong Kong, now plans to sign a contract with Zhai to photograph her.
An insider called "SOBYD" posted an Internet comment recently that said Yang had orchestrated the scene to make money.
"The videos were taken just a few days ago, the man involved is Yang, and the location is Yang's home," the netizen wrote.
New Silk Road Model Company stated on Wednesday it felt extremely shocked by the matter.
"The wanton exposure of the personal lives of citizens by using immoral, even illegal behavior to disseminate indecent information, is a serious violation of personal dignity," it stated.
The agency strongly required the judiciary departments to intervene in the matter to protect the privacy rights of citizens and was appealing to the public to stop the spread of the videos.
Beijing police said they are not yet involved in the case.
Zi Xiangdong, a press officer from the public security bureau, told METRO Thursday they hadn't heard from the victim's family or her model agency.
"When we receive a report, we will place the case on file and carry out an investigation," Zi said.
In her updated blog Thursday, Zhai told supporters she is fine and would not commit suicide.
"The man uploading the videos has broken the law and I believe he will be brought to justice," Zhai said.