There is a reason China made it difficult to file a lawsuit and this one is it. Frivolous suits eat up funds and take up valuable time in the courts from those who have genuinely been damaged. Many courts have penalties for taking up the courts time with this type of nonsense but apparently, because of the fame of the defendant and more relaxed rules, it is proceeding.
Zhao Wei also known as Vicki Zhao (Zhao is the family name) is one of China’s hugest female stars and currently stars in the television series Tiger Mom, and ironically, her trademark is a wide-eyed stare she often gives to her on-screen son. She is known for her many Chinese films (although she is now a world-wide crossover star) but she is also known for her extraordinarily large eyes. This feature, which most fans would consider beautiful, obviously offended and traumatized this plaintiff so severely he is seeking monetary compensation. His chief complaint against Ms. Zhao is emotional distress and he is seeking medical expenses and damages because he claims she stared at him too intensely through the television screen while he was watching the series Tiger Mom. Not only is he complaining against the defendant, he also complained about the judge stating that he was denied recess during the trial and that this caused him health problems.
Fans are blowing up social media to defend the 39 year old actress stating (on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter) ‘Is the guy insane? What’s wrong if an actress has big eyes?’and another user posted: ‘This kind of weird lawsuit should be condemned. It is a waste of time for court’. (sic) Most would agree especially with all of the crime and real damage being caused to people that need their day of justice. Research would suggest that most people are infuriated over this. Because of the changes made on May 1st, 2015 which prevented these types of lawsuits from being heard in court, China will certainly see a rise in strange cases. The most bizarre part of this story is that the plaintiff is a lawyer himself! A video clip regarding this lawsuit is attached.
One can only hope that the judge will throw this out of court and fine the plaintiff for wasting the court’s time because if this is even considered a serious case, the Chinese courts can look forward to many more ridiculous charges.
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