Clips from a video DVD, showing a young girl singing nude in a see-through dress, have gone viral on the Internet in recent weeks. Taiwan tabloid “Next” last week claimed the girl in the video, which looks to have been recorded in 1986, “closely resembled” Taiwan singer-actress Annie Yi in her teenage years. Yi, who normally ignores such reports, took the unusual step of holding a press conference to clarify matters in Taiwan on Saturday, reported Taiwan media.
“I am very sure that (the woman in the video clip) is not me,” Yi told reporters. Yi said the article in “Next”, which contained screenshots from the clip, violated her rights as it linked her to the woman in the clip and tarnished her reputation. She explained that it may have also violated child protection laws because the woman in the video clip appeared to be under-age.
The 42-year-old singer-actress, who separated from ex-husband, Taiwan singer Harlem Yu in 2009, expressed that she had since instructed her lawyers to send a letter to the tabloid. She left after speaking for just three minutes, leaving her lawyers to answer queries from the media. When asked why she left so quickly after speaking, Yi said it was simply because she was too angry and did not want to act out in front of the media. “There was this anxiety borne of rage. I was very afraid I would disgrace myself in public,” Yi later told Chinese media.
“I have decided not to overlook hurtful reports about me. Regardless of how remote the possibility of it harming me, I will seek legal redress.” In addition to her own rights, Yi said she decided to speak out in order to defend the rights of the girl featured in the video. Responding to the statements Yi made at the press conference, a “Next” spokesperson said Yi had “no basis for claiming the girl was underage since she (Yi) is not the girl in question”. The spokesperson re-iterated that the publication “only suggested that the girl resembled Yi but did not say it was her”.