17 November 2018

Bailed outspoken blogger apologizes to family, fans

Social commentator and internet star Xue Charles Bi-Chuen apologized to his millions of followers over the weekend after being released on bail pending trial for alleged group sex with prostitutes, Global Times reported Monday.

Xue, 60, posted four statements on his Weibo microblog in two minutes on Saturday, saying he is sorry for disappointing his family and fans, adding that he has learned his lesson and will devote himself to doing public service. He has nearly 12 million followers on Weibo, according to the newspaper.

In an earlier interview with the official Xinhua News Agency, Xue said he regretted his mistake, and hoped the government would give him an opportunity to make amends.

Xue said he has suffered diabetes for 10 years, and also had colon cancer and coronary heart disease, Xinhua reported.

Known online as Xue Manzi, the microblogger gained popularity for calling for greater government transparency on pollution, advocating critical illness insurance and campaigning to put a stop to children trafficking.

In August 2013, police arrested Xue for allegedly soliciting the services of prostitutes along with 26 other suspects at a residential community in northern Beijing.

The case is still under investigation, and has yet to be forwarded to prosecutors, according to Global Times.

In his latest microblog, Xue promised not to comment or spread unverified information online, the report said.

– Contact HKEJ [email protected]



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