When players enter the world of Sleeping Dogs, one of the first characters they meet is Wei Shen's childhood friend, Jackie Ma. The voice actor who plays Ma was one of Hong Kong's biggest stars—that is, until his private sex photos were leaked online.
In 2008, superstar Edison Chen sent his laptop in for repairs. Over 1,300 private photos were copied by the shop, with photos of Chen having sex with several well-known Chinese celebrities—like Bobo Chan, Cecilia Cheun and Gillian Chung—leaking online. It became a huge scandal in Hong Kong, and even garnered international press. It was such a huge deal that his name was the most searched in China that year.