Former Taiwanese artist Zhou Tingting (周婷婷) has left the entertainment industry behind her. However, incidents from the past do not always stay in the past. Unfortunately, some experiences are still haunting her, even until today.
The “Taiwan Mystery (台灣奇案)” actress did not start out easy. As a budding actress, she was vulnerable to all sorts of dangers in the entertainment industry. Regretfully, this included sexual assault from her seniors.
Tingting shared that as a newcomer to the scene then, she had been lacking several things. One of them was an agent and general knowledge of how things worked in the industry. As such, there was no one to help guide her during the start of her career. This also meant that there was no one who might protect her.
The actress encountered her first perpetrator during her very first acting job. Apparently, a senior had supposedly taken pity on her at the time and offered to help her improve her acting skills. But, strangely enough, he invited her to his room to do so. Tingting, feeing something was wrong about the situation, turned down the offer. Unfortunately, he was persistent.
He knocked on her door three days later and pushed his way in when she answered it. Tingting shared that he had his hands all over her and was attempting to remove her underwear. Thankfully, she managed to escape him. Yet, he tried again a few days later. This time, he broke into her room with a key and attempted to violate her while she was sleeping. Tingting stated that she managed to get away.
Sadly, things didn’t change much, even after she met an agent. Tingting claimed that a certain agent she knew often took her to parties to “entertain” others. This included some big-shot names from a “famous” variety show. Tingting stated that she had been harassed when she sat down to drink with them.
Understandably upset, Tingting resisted them. She left after getting into an argument with her manager over her actions. Unfortunately, although she managed to save herself, they went after another female artist when she left. Tingting alleged that the group raped the artist in turns and she later became pregnant from the assault.
Although Tingting managed to keep herself safe, it certainly paints a reality where many others were unable to do the same. Hopefully, things are different now, with more artists looking out for each other than turning a blind eye to such incidents.