On Tuesday (March 5), EXO’s Lay's (also known as Zhang Yixing) legal representatives, Beijing Xingquan Law Firm, began their court case against netizens who have defamed the singer on Weibo, a Chinese social networking site. The cases were heard by the Beijing Haidian District People's Court.
On that day, the court heard a number of cases against individuals who have spread rumours and slandered Lay’s name on Weibo, with a majority of the individuals apologising through their lawyers.
Many asked for the courts to show leniency, with their lawyers sharing that their clients have since deleted the posts in question.
A number of individuals were found guilty of defaming Lay’s name, with one particular individual, identified as Ms. Yang, being ordered to pay RMB 50,000 (approximately S$10,000) in damages to Lay.
However, as the defendant had submitted a letter of apology, as well as documents showing that she comes from a low-income family, Lay’s lawyers stated that the singer had chosen not to seek compensation from her.
Photos: Beijing Xingquan Law Firm/Weibo, Lay/Instagram