HONG KONG (Reuters) –and actor said on Thursday he would step away from the to “heal himself,” in his first public appearance since a sex scandal broke.
The Canadian-born Chen, a hip hop artist and Asian film star who has appeared in films such as, the film which inspired ‘s Oscar-winning film “ ,” admitted for the first time that most of the pictures circulating on the Internet had been taken by him.
“These photos were very private and have not been shown to people and were never intended to be shown to anyone,” the 27-year-old said in a calm voice amid a flood of camera flashes from the hundreds of reporters gathered.
“I have failed as a role model. However I wish that this matter will teach everyone a lesson.”
He said in a brief statement he would fulfill existing commitments before stepping down “indefinitely.” He added that he would dedicate himself to charity and community work.
“I’ve decided to do this to give myself an opportunity to heal myself and to search my soul.”
Hong Kong police have so far made 10 arrests in connection with the scandal.