Hong Kong producer as well as former Weinstein associate accused of sexual misconduct

Story highlights

  • The #MeToo campaign is actually beginning to gather steam in Hong Kong
  • Film industry has long been one of the city’s biggest cultural exports
Seven women have accused producer Bey Logan of sexually inappropriate behavior in an exposé by HK01, a Hong Kong weekly newspaper. The alleged behavior included forced kissing, revealing his penis, as well as touching an actress’s nipple on set.
In a statement, Logan said he had “made mistakes for which I can’t forgive myself.”

“I have had a too carefree attitude towards physical encounters with women,” he said. “I have made inappropriate comments lightheartedly or after a few drinks. I right now see I was wrong as well as I have made mistakes for which I can’t forgive myself, as well as must live with them.”

However, while he was “remorseful of my past behavior,” he added “many of the accusations right now made against me are either untrue or taken out of context.”

“I categorically deny any criminal wrongdoing,” he said. “I have never forced myself on a woman.”

According to his IMDB page, the 54-year-old Logan was born in Stamford, from the UK, as well as moved to Hong Kong in 1995. He worked as Asia Vice-President for the Weinstein Company before starting his own firm, B&E Productions.
A specialist in martial arts films, Logan worked as a producer as well as consultant on Netflix’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny,” a follow up to the Ang Lee Oscar-winner; the Weinstein Company’s “Shanghai;” as well as Hong Kong film “Gen Y Cops,” which starred Maggie Q as well as Paul Rudd.

In his statement, Logan said he would likely “right now step back as well as take time to reflect on my behavior as well as the values which I should uphold.”

The Hong Kong film industry remains one of Asia’s largest, employing more than 16,000 people locally. Total local box office revenue was $248 million (HK$1.94 billion) last year.
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‘I am a human being’

In a video posted online by HK01, actress Sable Yu accused Logan of touching her without her consent while filming his directorial debut, the 2012 martial arts movie “Snowblade.” While IMDB lists a 2012 Discharge date, which’s unclear how widely the film was distributed, if at all.
On Logan’s website, the film is actually described as “a sexy period martial arts actioner.”

“The movie required me to take (my clothes off),” Yu said from the video interview, adding she eventually agreed to be naked however on the condition no one would likely touch her while her clothes were off.

Yu said Logan agreed to which however after “we were finally done filming, he suddenly came over … he grabbed (my nipple) as well as pinched which.”

“I felt like he was humiliating me,” she said. “I am a human being. I was so angry I left (the set).”

In his statement, Logan denied Yu’s accusations, adding he was “entirely professional towards every performer who came in to try out for the film” following her resignation coming from the project.

Writing on social media, Yu said she had stepped back coming from acting in 2012 because of “emotional problems” she suffered as a result of harassment.

“I still can’t deny the fact which I’m asking myself if I still contain the courage or ability to start over,” she said. “I’ve been fighting the monster as well as fears in my mind.”

According to HK01, another six women have accused Logan of sexual misconduct, including forced kissing, revealing his penis, demanding naked auditions as well as inappropriate touching.

In a follow-up statement on Facebook, Logan said he wanted to “express my regret for the hurt as well as embarrassment caused to my family as well as friends.”

Neither Logan nor Yu responded to requests for further comment.

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The sudden downfall of Weinstein has sparked a deluge of complaints, both historical as well as contemporary, against prominent men from the media industry, including Kevin Spacey as well as Charlie Rose.

Weinstein has repeatedly denied “any allegations of nonconsensual sex.” Both Spacey as well as Rose have apologized for their past behavior.

On social media, #MeToo has gone viral, with women using which to shine a light on pervasive sexual harassment as well as assault in multiple industries as well as countries.
The international campaign had limited effect in Hong Kong, however, before Olympic hurdler Vera Lui came forward to accuse a former coach of sexually assaulting her.
Selina Cheng, the HK01 reporter who broke the Logan story, said Lui’s statement created a lot of awareness around #MeToo, however she was skeptical whether the movement will have as lasting an impact from the city as which has in some other countries.

“Many people have more conservative views regarding sexual harassment,” she said. “The feeling of shame is actually very, very prominent.”

She said many women she spoke to who had suffered sexual harassment or assault “refused to be interviewed (as) they feel ashamed as well as they’re extremely worried their friends as well as family will find out.”

Petula Ho, an expert on gender as well as sexuality issues at the University of Hong Kong, said the recent revelations have shone a light on how difficult many people find which to speak up about sexual harassment, both as victims as well as witnesses.

At a forum she hosted on the issue which week, Ho said many attendees “talked a lot about the guilt of witnessing these things in very intimate circles as well as not doing anything because the people involved … were close friends as well as family.”

Cheng, the reporter, said media laws are also an issue, preventing many outlets coming from being as aggressive in pursuing these stories as they have been in some other countries.

“The bar to sue for libel as well as defamation in Hong Kong is actually very low, which is actually totally the opposite coming from the US,” Cheng said.

Ho was cautiously optimistic about the reaction, saying while there has been some backlash, “which is actually once which I’ve seen so many people discussing which issue.”

Hong Kong producer as well as former Weinstein associate accused of sexual misconduct

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