Want China Times
By: Wu Kuan-chin and Staff Reporter
Taiwanese pop star and actor Jay Chou has filed a lawsuit demanding total damages of
600,000 yuan (US$94,000) from a Weibo user who called him a “Hanjian,” or “traitor to the Chinese race,” reports our Chinese-language sister paper Want Daily.
The Weibo account of a user with the handle Weixiu Shenghuo posted an article on June 4 calling Chou a “Japanese Hanjian,” also attacking the singer’s family. The article claimed that Jay acknowledged himself as a descendant of Japan.
Chou said the piece has damaged his reputation and is demanding 500,000 yuan (US$78,500) in economic damages and 10,000 yuan (US$15,700) for emotional distress.
JVR Music International, Jay Chou’s record company in Taiwan, confirmed the legal action and said they have addressed the gossip of Jay Chou as a “descendant of Japan.”
Internet users in China have expressed support for Chou’s libel action.
Chou this year also filed a suit against a hotel in China who used his wedding photos for advertising without authorization. A court in Beijing ordered the hotel to pay the singer US$170,000 in early September. [FULL STORY]