2021 ended with a whimper for once-loved couple Wang Leehom (王力宏) and Lee Jing Lei (李靚蕾). Their messy divorce scandal had them targeting each other while others, like BY2’s Yumi Bai (孫雨), got caught in the crossfire. Everything supposedly ended when Leehom apologised. Although some claimed it was plagiarised, Jing Lei ended the issue with a final letter.
The ex-couple have been keeping quiet amidst the stirrings of a new controversy. However, Jing Lei broke her silence yesterday (11th January). According to the 35-year-old, Leehom had attempted to force his way into her house to see their kids.
It’s no secret that Leehom paid his children a visit after the controversy died down. Paparazzi supposedly caught sight of him doing so after he finished his quarantine period. However, Jing Lei claims the visit was done without her consent. “After three weeks of silence, in addition to the endless stream of strange news every day, what I really need to face is the personal safety and mental abuse of my child and me,” she wrote on Weibo. “It turns out that the (public) apology was not a sincere apology, but a means to temporarily calm public opinion and make me stop and let go of the past.”
Jing Lei alleged that Leehom had rang the doorbell with two others and asked her to turn off the CCTV. She had not agreed to Leehom bringing near-strangers to her house, although he reassured her that they were part of his staff. Jing Lei was also horrified to realise there was an extra man standing behind them. As she refused to open the door, Leehom supposedly tried to enter with his own key and shook the door when it didn’t work. Jing Lei claimed it scared the children and her.
Additionally, she denied having suicidal tendencies. Her rebuttal comes after a netizen claimed she was suicidal and was the reason why Leehom hadn’t tried to defend himself against her allegations. “Here I want to solemnly declare: I am physically and mentally healthy and I have three small children. I also have plans to contribute to society in the future,” she stated. “It is impossible (for me) to have suicidal thoughts. If something happens to me, it will definitely not be suicide.”
Leehom did not respond to Jing Lei’s allegations, but his studio has. They scoffed at Jing Lei, claiming she has “too much imagination“. “If what Mrs. Lee said was true, shouldn’t she call the police?” they pointed out. Leehom’s agency also clarified the identity of the men with Leehom that day. The two staff members had served Leehom for 12 and 11 years respectively. The third man had been a bodyguard hired by Leehom for security reasons. The agency asked Jing Lei to handle matters legally instead of airing things publicly.
Needless to say, Jing Lei felt pushed to defend herself. She did so on Instagram this morning (12th January). Jing Lei claimed that she had called the police. Additionally, she denied preventing Leehom from visiting the children as she heavily encouraged it. But, she was upset he had violated their legal terms of visitation; that is any visitors the duo bring must be agreed on by both of them. Jing Lei added she was reluctant to handle the matter legally as it would eat up time and money. However, she was willing to provide evidence and prove it wasn’t all in her imagination.
Jing Lei also responded to BY2’s Yumi call out. Yumi had initially claimed she was being slandered by Jing Lei. Jing Lei had then told the singer she had evidence and offered to hand it over to the police. However, on 10th January, the BY2 member claimed that Jing Lei hadn’t fulfilled her word. “Please cooperate with the police to complete the criminal investigation of your rumour and slander,” Yumi wrote on her Weibo.
Yesterday, Jing Lei claimed she hadn’t received the police’s contact from Yumi. She included a video showing Yumi hadn’t contacted her on Weibo. Jing Lei reiterated that she wants to cooperate with the investigation and provide the evidence she has. However, the BY2 member retaliated today (12th January), accusing Jing Lei of lying to the public.
Will the issue end in Jing Lei’s favour? Or will netizens side with Leehom and Yumi? Tides have been turning for the slighted duo as Jing Lei has been falling out of favour with the public. Only time will show what becomes of this new controversy, we suppose.
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