After a long silence from both Xiao Zhan and his studio, we are beginning to see the actor become active again through his recent social media posts and his new single that dropped. His studio has also finally sprung into action against a portion of internet users that were attacking the actor.
In a statement dated April 21, 2020, his studio listed three Weibo users that have been publicly sharing photo and video content claiming that Xiao Zhan fans have been spreading words on QQ that go against the political trend. As such, his studio stresses that Xiao Zhan loves his country, that the discussions online are nothing more than a malicious attempt to smear Xiao Zhan’s reputation and that the case has been reported to the police. Furthermore, there have been imposters pretending to be Xiao Zhan himself or a staff of his studio in order to spread false statements, scam his fans for their money, instigate cyberbullying and other actions that have caused serious damage to Xiao Zhan’s reputation. They have turned the matter over to their lawyers.
In a quick turnaround, Xiao Zhan’s lawyers at Beijing Yongzhe Law Firm have released another statement dated April 23, 2020. They indicate that some internet users have organized and premeditated the spread of wide-scale false and insulting remarks on various social platforms that target Xiao Zhan’s personal life, career and activities. It includes making up their client’s emotional history, twisting their client’s charitable actions and fabricating lies that the client has instructed his fans to engage in reporting (for censorship).
Their statement further says, “The above actions not only infringe Xiao Zhan’s legitimate rights and interests and caused great distress to him but also severely disrupted the proper order in the internet. During the important time of the epidemic, Xiao Zhan has maintained the utmost tolerance and restraint to avoid taking up public resources. He has focused on his work and actively assumed the social responsibilities of an artist. However, the attacks against Xiao Zhan have intensified and broken the law.” His lawyers stress that work is being done to safeguard the rights of their client and that offenders will be severely punished.