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Malaysian singer Chaw arrested in Hong Kong for assault

A MALAYSIAN pop star has been arrested in Hong Kong, police said today, a week after he admitted attacking a fellow singer in a furious rampage that was caught on film.

Gary Chaw was arrested Friday for alleged common assault, then freed on bail while the case is investigated, police spokesman Lawrence Li said. He was not immediately charged and was asked to report back in early November, Li said.

Common assault carries a maximum penalty of one year's imprisonment in Hong Kong.

Chaw was filmed attacking Hong Kong singer Justin Lo on Sept. 23 outside a bar in Hong Kong's Central financial district. The footage, widely circulated online, showed him shoving Lo to the ground and kicking him. Chaw admitted to the attack at a news conference a day later, after the footage surfaced.

"Justin did not try to injure me or hit back a single time. This was obviously not a fight. I lost control. I made the mistake that I feared the most," Chaw told reporters at the time.

"I don't have any excuses. I don't have any reasons. I was plain wrong. I'm willing to accept full responsibility, full punishment," he said.

Calls today to Chaw's and Lo's record labels seeking comment went unanswered.

Chaw started his career composing for stars like Hong Kong singer Aaron Kwok and Taiwanese girl band S.H.E. He released his debut album, "Blue," in 2006.


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