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Wang hearing told of pair's temple video

THE alleged lover of Asia's richest businesswoman testified yesterday that a video of them burning money and incense at a temple was an event intended to seal their relationship before a Chinese god.

The testimony came during a court battle in Hong Kong over the multibillion-dollar estate of Nina Wang, one of the territory's most colorful characters. Known as "Little Sweetie" for her girlish outfits and pigtails, she died of cancer in April 2007. She was 69.

Tony Chan Chun-chuen, a 49-year-old feng shui adviser, says he and Wang were lovers and that she left him her fortune in an October 2006 will.

But a foundation set up by Wang and her late husband claims her estate under a competing will dated July 2002.

In his third day on the stand, Chan was questioned by a lawyer for the foundation about a video Chan says shows him and Wang at a Hong Kong temple.

Chan said he and Wang taped the ritual to commemorate their relationship.

"We purchased some wine, we drank there and informed the god that we were together. That's why we took this film," Chan said. "It was not a ceremony, it was a commemorative event."

But the foundation's attorney, Lawrence Lok, questioned why Chan had not mentioned before the trial began that the video showed him and Wang worshipping a Chinese god.

Lok also read from the transcript of a 1993 video in which Chan told Wang she looked beautiful in a Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) outfit, asking Chan if he was trying to flatter the late businesswoman.

"I wasn't kissing up to her. When you're dating someone, these are the kinds of things you say," Chan said.


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