HK actor Donnie Yen apologises for excessive security measures at event in China


Hong Kong actor Donnie Yen, 60, has apologised to those who were affected and angered by the excessive security in Shenyang, China. Photos: Donnie Yen/Weibo, Screengrab from Weibo

Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen has apologised for his excessive security measures at a recent brand event in Shenyang, China.

In a viral video posted on Weibo Sept 3, Yen, 60, could be seen walking down a street while being escorted by a large number of bodyguards despite the fact that there weren't many fans around.

According to reports, one middle-aged was pushed away by a security guard after holding up his phone to film Yen while another young man was pushed away after receiving a high-five from the Ip Man star.

The video drew flak from netizens, who criticised the actor for being "pompous" and "over the top" when there were not many people present.

Some even claimed that there were "more security guards than passersby".

In response to the backlash, Yen issued an apology on his Weibo account on Tuesday (Sept 5).

"I'd like to apologise to those who were affected by and felt uncomfortable with the situation in Shenyang the other day.

"I also want to thank those who were willing to correct me as I completely agree with you," he said.

In his post, the John Wick: Chapter 4 star urged people not to blame the "hardworking" bodyguards who were doing their jobs.

He also said that he and his team will be more cautious in future work arrangements to prevent similar issues from occurring.

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