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2019-06-20 09:59:44

A Chinese pop idol has issued an apology after receiving fierce backlash this week for mistreating Beijing airport staff — though fallout from the incident has continued to escalate.

In a now-deleted social media post on Monday, singer Zeng Yike — also known as Yico Zeng or Yico Tseng — accused an officer at Beijing Capital Airport of wrongfully detaining her. However, in a response posted Wednesday morning, Beijing’s immigration inspection authority rebuked Zeng for refusing to cooperate with airport staff, using obscenities, and later revealing an officer’s name and other personal information in her Weibo post.

Zeng apologized by Wednesday afternoon for her “inappropriate” words and actions, but additional repercussions followed throughout the day. Shortly after the mea culpa, the Communist Party-run People’s Daily newspaper published an opinion piece criticizing the celebrity for interfering with law enforcement. And later, organizers of the Strawberry Music Festival in central China’s Changsha City announced that they had canceled Zeng’s upcoming set. (Image: VCG)