Former Hongkong DJ Suzie Wong started a YouTube channel in 2019 and has used her showbiz connections to invite big names to her show. A recent guest was veteran director Louis Lau Tin Chi, who talked about how wealthy businessmen would pay for stars to accompany them to events or to have meals with them.
Louis shared that prices for meals with starlets 40 years ago started at HK$3000 (S$500), which was considered exorbitant. Suzie asked if this price included hand-holding or other physical contact, but Louis maintained it only applied to dining together.
According to Louis, clients included high profile businessmen such as the late Fung King Hey, who was regarded as the Godfather of the stock market. He was said to have been so generous that he sometimes paid more than the S$500, and once gave him a bag of diamonds and jade along with US$700 (S$930) as payment for a meal with Maggie Cheung.
“At that time, she wasn't acting in movies yet so she was still considered a starlet. She wasn’t famous (…) Actresses who were more established would reject such small offers and would only attend company events if they were chauffeured by luxury cars,” said Louis.
Suzie then asked if these deals included sex, to which Louis responded that he was unsure of what happened after the meal or event as he wanted to respect the privacy of those involved.
She then asked him if he thought of himself as a pimp, to which Louis said: “I think I was. I felt so embarrassed about it that I only dare talk about it when I’m in my 70s. I felt that it was wrong even back then, but that it was something that had to be done since I was paid for it.”
Maggie placed second in the Miss Hongkong pageant in 1983 and acted in her first movie shortly after. She hit the big time in 1985 after starring in Jackie Chan’s Police Story.
She has not responded to the claims at press time.