Fann Wong’s lawyer not taking further action over doctor’s face job article

Fann Wong at the Star Awards in April. Photos: Mediacorp Entertainment/YouTube
Fann Wong at the Star Awards in April. Photos: Mediacorp Entertainment/YouTube

Update: Aesthetic doctor Siew Tuck Wah insists that he received a letter from a lawyer named Samuel Seow. 

The case of an aesthetic doctor using veteran actress Fann Wong as an example in a lesson on face jobs has more or less come to a close. 

The lawyer representing the 50-year-old actress told Coconuts today that her team was no longer pursuing the matter since doctor Siew Tuck Wah had already taken down his May 14 article about cheek fillers by using the actress as a case study. Marissa Tan from Robert Wang & Woo LLP also claimed that she did not receive any response from the doctor’s side following the takedown notice, despite the latter saying otherwise. 

“After we sent the letter I think they managed to take [the article] down so there was nothing else that we had to do, since our client’s objective was achieved. So I sent the letter out but I did not receive any letters from the other solicitor,” Tan said today.

Siew, who has over a decade of experience in his profession, had published the article on his website using images of the actress, including her recent public appearance at the Star Awards. After receiving a letter of demand from Wong’s lawyer and removing the said article, Siew claimed that he had lawyered up as well and responded to Tan’s letter of demand thrice but heard nothing back.  Siew never elaborated on the content of his email responses except that he was addressing “baseless” allegations. 

But it appears that his replies got lost in the mail mainly because Siew’s legal team had apparently sent them to the wrong person, said Tan, who claimed that they were delivered to another lawyer named Samuel Seow. 

“I was the one who actually sent the first letter of demand, using my email,” Tan explained. “The normal practice is that once someone else receives a letter of demand they will actually send it back to the person on the letterhead and the person who sent the email as well.”

But emails get lost from time to time and one of the best ways to overcome that is to follow up with a call, which Tan said they “never even got.” 

“So we thought that whole case was over, so we didn’t have to pursue it any further,” she said.

She later added: “As far as Fann is concerned, I think the matter has been settled, because the article has been taken down but it just has to end somewhere and I don’t know where doctor Siew intends to be taking this whole thing but at some point of time this must stop.”

The actress has never mentioned publicly about going under the knife. 

After this story was published, Siew said in a statement that Seow was named in the letter of demand and that he did not know who Tan was.

“From the start of this ordeal, Fann Wong’s team has resolved to bullying and intimidation tactics. Even as they try to close the case, they are using the same tactics in an attempt to twist the facts and discredit me,” he said.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with Siew’s response.

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