Xuan Zengmo was someone who had a public image to maintain. Since retiring from his company, he expended a great amount of energy in building up his reputation as a gentle and wise member of society. Because of this, Xuan Zengmo became one of the 30 elected members of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong. Since he was a retired businessman, Xuan Zengmo was chosen to represent the commercial sector.
"Again, the video was fake. These days it is very easy to superimpose the faces of innocent people onto a depraved video. This is obviously a move from the people who want to shame me. They want to attack me for being a non-partisan and a man who values the people's welfare above those of the greedy corporations," Xuan Zengmo's voice was calm and so was his face. His righteous words instantly reached the hearts of the people who were watching the live press conference.
Xuan Zengmo was known as someone who would rather make enemies of big companies who refused to follow Hong Kong's laws rather than watch the common people suffer. These words only showed how he truly values the masses. Xuan Zengmo's natural charm instantly made the public sympathize with the man who, because of his beliefs, had become a target of those greedy corporations.
"Legislator Xuan are you saying that your enemies went to this degree just to shame you? Do you think they wanted you to retire?" a tall and lanky reporter asked.
"That could be the case," Xuan Zeng nodded. "I am a Member of the General Chamber of Commerce. Naturally I have my own powerful enemies as well."
"Legislator Xuan, why do you think they also targeted your wife? Do you think Mrs. Xuan also offended them?"
"These people wanted to destroy not just my name but also my family. I am not surprised that they decided to attack my wife as well," he responded.
The conference continued as Xuan Zeng tried to answer everyone's questions, That is to say that he was trying to do so when all at once everyone's phone started to receive notifications. Xuan Zeng immediately furrowed his brow when he saw almost all of the reporters were looking at their phones. Did something happen? Was there another emergency elsewhere?
"Legislator Xuan, what can you say about the second video that was posted moments ago?"
"Legislator, this time it was focused on you and your wife's faces. Are you still trying to deny the fact that you sleep with both men and women?"
"Legislator, the video also has your voices in it. Are you going to say that they also faked your voices too?"
Xuan Zengmo widened his eyes at everyone. "I… I don't understand what you are talking about," he stuttered before one of his assistants showed him the video playing on his phone. In the video, Xuan Zengmo was with another younger male and a young female. They were enjoying themselves on a king size bed, with Yang Lina watching just a few feet away from them. This time, their faces and voices were so clear that anyone could easily recognize them from the video.
"Legislator, is this another scheme to make you resign too?"
"Legislator, who are the people who are accompanying you? Is it safe to say that you like to pay escorts to satisfy your needs?"
Questions from the reporters became much more aggressive as each and every one of them was already standing on their seats to get a clearer shot of him while others were swarming closer to him.
"Legislator, answer our questions!"
"Legislator Xuan, how long ago did you start doing this while your wife watches?"
Xuan Zengmo's face was extremely ugly. He clenched his fist and took a deep breath. "That video is fake! That video was created with the sole purpose of destroying my name and my family!"
"How about the logs from the hotel?" someone from the back chimed in, silencing everyone in the process. "The one who posted the video also posted logs that contain dates and CCTV footage of you and your wife entering the hotel room with some young people! Are you going to deny these as well?"
Seeing Xuan Zengmo grow pale, another reporter immediately added: "Legislator, does your silence mean that you are in fact the man in the video?"
"Legislator Xuan, answer us. The public needs to know the truth! As a legislator, your image is very important to the masses who elected you!"
Xuan Zengmo gritted his teeth as he rose from his seat and slammed his hand on the table. However, before he could say anything that would further damage his name, one of his advisors tugged his coat and slowly pulled him behind the security team.
"The legislator is done answering questions for the day," the advisor said. "Please respect the Legislator's privacy and leave now."
But would the reporters agree to walk away from such a rare opportunity of having juicy news delivered directly to their phones with no work involved?
"Legislator, are you still going to deny that you are the man in the video?"
Every reporter rushed towards Xuan Zengmo with their mics and recorders, making it hard for his bodyguards to get him out of the room.
The scene was extremely chaotic as the bodyguards started shoving people out of their way while trying to cover Xuan Zengmo's face. Still, some reporters did not give up and continued to ask questions, hoping to get any reaction at all from Xuan Zengmo.
Meanwhile, Lily was staring at the laptop screen that was showing the conference live. Her face was devoid of any expression as she watched Xuan Zengmo being surrounded by reporters and in a very pitiful state.
"President," Cathy's voice woke her up from her own thoughts. Lily quickly turned off the video and looked at Cathy.
"Mr. and Mrs. Qin are downstairs insisting upon seeing you. They also brought their son, Mr. Qin Liwei along. They said it is a very urgent matter."
"And?" she raised an eyebrow at Cathy.
"I naturally declined them the opportunity to see you," Cathy give her a knowing smile. "But Mr. Qin said that they are willing to wait until you are available so they can talk to you."
"Good. Tell them I won't be available at all today as I have a date with my husband tonight. Ask them to focus and concentrate on saving their company first," she said in a cold tone. For some reason, memories of what she and her mother had been through in the Qin Estate seemed to resurface in her mind.