Ac­tor’s wife sues for defama­tion over di­vorce com­ments

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By CHI­NADAILY

The Chaoyang Dis­trict Peo­ple’s Court in Bei­jing has ac­cepted a defama­tion case brought by Ma Rong, wife of well-known Chi­nese ac­tor Wang Bao­qiang, who made a state­ment in so­cial me­dia two days ago that he was di­vorc­ing be­cause his wife had “im­proper ex­tra­mar­i­tal sex­ual re­la­tions” with his agent.

In the defama­tion case filed on Tues­day, Ma de­manded that Wang delete the state­ment he posted early Sun­day morn­ing be­cause it is un­true and defam­a­tory. She also wanted Wang to pub­lish an apol­ogy promi­nently on his ac­count and keep it there for at least 30 days.

Wang, 32, rose to fame in 2003 and is known for his roles in a host of com­edy movies.

In his state­ment on Sun­day, he said: “Now, due to Ma Rong’s im­proper ex­tra­mar­i­tal sex­ual re­la­tions with my agent Song Zhe, which has se­verely hurt the mar­riage and de­stroyed the fam­ily, I have solemnly de­cided to dis­solve my mar­riage with Ma Rong and re­lease Song Zhe from his po­si­tion. Through­out the le­gal process, I will do my best to re­duce the harm that this has brought upon our par­ents and chil­dren, al­low­ing them to con­tinue their lives with­out dis­tur­bance.”

Wang sought di­vorce at the court on Mon­day.

Ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports, Wang’s wife is likely to get 50 mil­lion yuan ($7.5 mil­lion) in the di­vorce.

The ac­tor de­manded full cus­tody of their son and daugh­ter, and re­quested that Ma pay child sup­port un­til both the chil­dren turn 18. He also de­manded a di­vi­sion of the cou­ple’s be­long­ings, in­clud­ing nine apart­ments, stocks and in­vest­ments, a BMW and a Bent­ley car, jew­elry, watches, hand­bags, clothes, financial prod­ucts and in­sur­ance.

Wang gain the Golden Horse Award as best lead­ing ac­tor for Blind Shaft in 2003.

He won pop­u­lar­ity for his role in a mil­i­tary-themed TV se­ries Soldiers Sor­tie in 2008. He was nom­i­nated as Best Ac­tor at the 5th An­nual Asia Pa­cific Screen Awards for Mr. Tree in 2011.

Wang’s rags-to-riches story, his pub­lic dis­plays of af­fec­tion to­ward his wife over the past few years and the dra­matic di­vorce law­suit have made head­lines for sev­eral days and trig­gered a heated na­tion­wide de­bate on a range of top­ics, in­clud­ing love, mar­riage, the moral and le­gal obli­ga­tions of a cou­ple and how for­tunes should be split.

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