Night Owl Cinematics’ Sylvia Chan files multiple complaints about harassment, ‘sex video’

Night Owl Cinematics cofounder Sylvia Chan in a video dated May 31, 2020. Photo: Night Owl Cinematics/YouTube
Night Owl Cinematics cofounder Sylvia Chan in a video dated May 31, 2020. Photo: Night Owl Cinematics/YouTube

The Night Owl Cinematics cofounder at the center of toxic workplace allegations has gone to the courts over claims of harassment and a sex video, among others. 

Well-known YouTuber Sylvia Chan, 33, issued a statement to Coconuts today after a blog set up by people claiming to be former and current employees leveled further accusations against her, including exploiting talent and misappropriating funds from the company now under probe. The statement said that Chan has filed a magistrate’s complaint and that the police have been directed to investigate reports filed by her. 

A separate police report was also filed against Chan, according to the Today news outlet. 

“There appears to be a concerted and coordinated effort to discredit and disparage Sylvia,” the statement said. “These efforts include death threats, incessant harassment, hacking of her emails, loss of access to NOC’s financial systems and records, and even a sex video.”

The statement did not elaborate on the purported sex video. It went on to accuse the “Board of NOC” of locking Chan out of the company’s financial systems while she was in the middle of gathering evidence to “clear her name.” 

“Sylvia has full faith that these investigations will reveal the person(s) behind this vicious campaign,” the statement added. Regarding the “#EndTheSilence” blog set up on Tuesday, Chan intends to address and rebut them “thoroughly” in due course. 

The blog contains allegations she manipulated a talent into having a sexual encounter for a courier service deal, and leaked internal Zoom calls in which Chan was seen dodging questions about misusing company resources and overworking her staff. The blog also leaked a record of salaries paid to her brother, Sikeen Chan, who was accused of taking pay without doing work, and text messages that represented the cofounder as admitting to giving a blow job. 

A video of a woman engaging in oral sex circulated on Twitter yesterday before it was removed, prompting viewers to speculate that she was Chan. The poster, known by the handle @MyAsianSluts, has since refuted and taken down the clip as well as the account. 

The latest allegations were piled onto the well-known YouTuber, days after Chan owned up to her “shortcomings” as a leader and removed herself as NOC talent. She did it in response to the original slate of workplace abuse accusations and allegations she was unfaithful during her public marriage with cofounder Ryan Tan. 

“Sylvia has apologized for the actions against her employees, and will continue to work on herself to be a better person, a better leader,” the statement said. “However, she will not give in to this campaign designed to bring her, and NOC, to its knees.”

Police yesterday declined to comment when asked whether they were investigating allegations against Chan. Singapore’s workplace watchdog told reporters yesterday that it was investigating NOC. 

Other stories:

Night Owl Cinematics called out for ‘toxic’ culture and founder’s infidelity
Sexploitation, shady dealings among serious new allegations against Night Owl Cinematics’ Sylvia Chan

Night Owl Cinematics lawyers up to demand ‘malicious attacks’ taken down

Sgcickenrice responds to NOC threats by hiring top Singapore lawyer

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