Scandal, scandal, scandal. More on Edison Chen, Gillian Chung, and Cecilia Cheung.

An unlikely coalition of pop idols, communist censors, Hong Kong police and a Catholic bishop are fighting to stifle the biggest celebrity sex scandal in the history of the Chinese internet.

As well as crashing servers in celebrity-obsessed Hong Kong, the gossip has spread to the mainland, where one online discussion generated more than 25m page views and 140,000 comments.

Police investigating the cause of the scandal have focused on Chen’s laptop. According to local newspapers, the photographs were illegally copied from the computer while it was being serviced by technicians.

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