The surrogacy scandal involving Chinese actress Zheng Shuang continues to snowball on social media, as her ex-boyfriend Zhang Heng exposed more evidence recently about her abandoning their two children born via surrogacy. The scandal erupted on Jan. 18, as Zhang released a conversation recorded after they split, in which Zheng cruelly suggested either aborting or abandoning the babies before they were born.
Under huge criticism, Italian luxury brand Prada quickly announced the next day its decision to cut all ties with the actress, just nine days after appointing her as an endorser. China’s National Radio and Television Administration followed shortly by declaring that it will “never give a chance for those who have committed scandals and misdeeds to show their faces.”
In addition, the controversy has now caused a debate over surrogacy. While surrogacy is illegal in China, those paying for such services overseas could not be charged under Chinese laws. However, Zheng’s abandonment of her children is subject to the jurisdiction of Chinese laws.
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(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)
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