Hong Kong pop star Jacky Cheung’s Filipino maid has been charged with allegedly stealing a letter and three photos from the singer, a court document obtained Wednesday showed.
The maid has pleaded innocent to the theft that allegedly took place between June and mid-August, according to the document, and the Ming Pao Daily News reported that she claims the incident is a misunderstanding.
Cheung said he had planned to only fire the maid, identified as 30-year-old Preslyn-Saga Catacutan, but reported the matter to police after she claimed she was falsely accused, Ming Pao said.
The lawyer for the domestic helper, who appeared in court Tuesday, said his client accidentally mixed Cheung’s items with her own personal items, the newspaper said.
The mass-market Apple Daily reported that the maid remained in custody because she couldn’t afford the 1,000 Hong Kong dollar (US$130; euro100) bail.
Foreign maids earn a minimum monthly wage of HK$3,400 (US$440; euro340) in Hong Kong.
The maid’s trial was scheduled to start Dec. 7, the court document said.
Theft carries a maximum penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment in Hong Kong.
Tens of thousands of foreigners work as domestic helpers in wealthy Hong Kong. Most are Filipinos, with smaller numbers from Indonesia, Thailand and Nepal.
A spokeswoman for Cheung didn’t immediately return a reporter’s calls seeking comment.