Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung’s daughter is sure to stir up more controversy with the most recent series of posts on her Facebook account, where she’s been known to go on a lengthy tirade or two.
In a public post published to her personal Facebook account at around 7:00 a.m. this morning, Chai Yan Leung accused her mother of physically assaulting her and threatening to call the cops on her. She ended the post by vowing that she will be “leaving home forever” and is “Never coming back”.
In a subsequent string of posts, all published within the same hour, the 23-year-old law student at the London School of Economics wrote “I’d rather be living on benefits sleeping on a couch eating cup noodles everyday than living the life I’m living now,” and “I honestly wouldn’t give a single fuck if my parents died right now this minute.”
She concluded with a “life event” on her Facebook wall declaring her departure from home “forever”.
It’s unclear what exactly triggered the series of posts and whether or not police will investigate the assault accusations. About an hour beforehand, Chai Yan Leung had uploaded a photo of herself posing with Paris Hilton at an after-party for an amfAR fundraising event in Hong Kong.
Regardless, it’s not the first time the Hong Kong leader’s daughter has landed in the spotlight for her outspoken presence on social media.
Back in October, she gave a good tongue-lashing to her critics on Facebook after someone had seemingly likened a necklace she wore in one of her photos to a dog collar. She hit back by saying “This is actually a beautiful necklace bought at Lane Crawford (yes- funded by all you HK taxpayers!! So are all my beautiful shoes and dresses and clutches!! Thank you so much!!!!)”.
The post surfaced in the heat of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong—about a day after protesters rallied outside of her father’s office demanding his resignation—ultimately landing Chai Yan Leung a slot as the subject of mockery on the US satirical talk show “The Daily Show”.
This is also not the first time she’s used the platform to publicly criticize her mother. In July, she wrote a status reading: “Courage and loyalty are the virtues I value the most. My mother embodies the exact opposites of both.”
A source had previously told SCMP that Chai Yan Leung has been allowed to freely express her thoughts on her own Facebook page.
Today’s posts follow an announcement made in February through the same personal Facebook page that she would be leaving Hong Kong for “a while” and that she was cutting off communication with all media “for privacy”.
Her account seems to have been deactivated as of writing.
UPDATE [1:05 p.m.]: Chai Yan Leung’s Facebook page was back up for a bit, and more recent posts seem to suggest that she called the ambulance but wasn’t allowed to leave her house. According to posts on Twitter, members of the media have gathered around CY Leung’s home to keep watch.
LIVE IN HONG KONG: The Chai-yan saga. pic.twitter.com/sv2xvvAI9p
— Alan Wong (@alanwongw) March 17, 2015
Hong Kong press overlook leader CY Leung's house as drama with his daughter unfolds pic.twitter.com/8eewdM525k
— Richard Frost (@frostyhk) March 17, 2015