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Allegedly swiped intimate pics from Edison Chen's laptop

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The man allegedly responsible for copying and distributing 1,300 compromising photos of Hong Kong film star Edison Chen has pleaded not guilty to "three charges of obtaining access to a computer with a view to making dishonest gain".

Sze Ho-chun, 24, appeared in Kowloon City Court accused of copying the snaps from Chen's laptop between 1 and 8 June 2006, while working at a computer repair shop. The pictures in question show Chen engaged in various sexual activities with female stars, including fellow thesp Cecilia Cheung and popstress Gillian Chung.

According to the BBC, prosecutors state "some time after those dates, he showed some of the images to two female customers before giving a CD with all 1,300 images on to one of them".

In February 2008, the images surfaced on the internet, causing an almighty rumpus in China. Canada-born Chen jumped ship to his native land and, suitably repentant, said he'd exit showbusiness "indefinitely".

In fact, having appeared in last year's The Dark Knight, he turned up earlier this week at a press conference in Singapore to punt his latest movie The Sniper - despite having received death threats to keep a low profile. He told AFP: "I'm a little afraid, but I have to do what needs to be done so I hope everyone will welcome me and watch my movie." ®

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