TVB's Christine Kuo denies going for paid dinner dates

8 March 2013 / 3 years 7 months ago

Christine Kuo of TVB dismissed the rumours of her company sending their artists out on paid dinner dates, saying claims were "absolutely ridiculous".In the past week, Hong Kong tabloids have “discovered‘ a new money-making trend that has been circulating for quite some time around the TVB starlets ‘“ dinner dates. A source from East Week dished that many rising TVB stars have frequently been traveling to mainland China to meet up with prominent film producers and wealthy business magnates. The starlets frequently attended dates with businessmen, and were even asked for a price.Last Thursday, TVB sent Christine Kuo (苟芸慧), Oceane Zhu (朱璇), and Kayi Cheung (張嘉兒) to a spring reception dinner banquet hosted by 3D-Gold Jewelry Holdings in Shenzhen, China. The three beauty pageant queens were said to be showing off their busty career lines and kept the dinner guests entertained.However, Cantopop diva Kelly Chen (陳慧琳), singing sensation Leo Ku (古巨基), and Eric Tsang (曾志偉), were also among the invited stars who attended the 62-table banquet that night. Is it possible that TVB also sent them to “please‘ sponsors?In a promotional event held in Wan Chai yesterday, Christine Kuo dismissed the rumors of TVB sending their artists out on paid dinner dates, and shot down the tabloid claims as “absolutely ridiculous.‘ She clarified, “We (Christine, Oceane, and Kayi) are ambassadors of the brand. We have been so for the past three years, and we have attended all of their spring receptions. We had a few sips of drinks when we toasted, but that was out of courtesy. Our managers were there to look after us, so I felt safe.‘Christine also denied that she was “asked for a price‘ at formal dinners. “I don’t know what it means anymore! Apparently the understanding I have of the term ‘˜dinner’ is not the same as what it is now implied.‘

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