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Xiaxue wages legal battle to gag boycott campaigner

Coconuts logo Coconuts 25/9/2020 Coconuts Singapore

Social media influencer Wendy Cheng, known online as Xiaxue, is locked in a legal battle to muzzle one of her critics for promoting a boycott campaign against her over past racist comments. 

A legal firm told Coconuts Singapore today that they were defending a woman identified only as Elouise from Cheng’s attempts to stop her from urging brands to drop the controversial influencer whose brash personality commands a large following of fans and haters.

“Wendy Cheng seeks a protection order and a stop publication order against our client, the law firm of Eugene Thuraisingam said in a statement. “Our client is defending the proceedings, which are ongoing.”

Elouise said the high-profile firm had offered its services pro bono.

A Protection Order and Stop Publication Order are court orders under the Protection from Harassment Act to “remove any publication that is the cause of harassment” and “stop publishing a false statement, or any substantially similar statement, within a specified time.”

The dispute stems from an episode in July when Cheng’s past comments resurfaced online.

After the influencer’s criticism of opposition MP Raeesah Khan led police to investigate the lawmaker’s Facebook comments, people put the spotlight on Cheng’s past racist tweets, some of which were even reported to the police. 

The police announced last week that no action would be taken against Cheng for lack of evidence. 

Elouise referred inquiries this afternoon to her attorneys, and Cheng said she would have to speak first with her lawyers. She is represented by the firm DC Law, which did not respond to messages seeking comment.

A Google document containing a form latter was circulated online in July urging people to reach out to brand collaborators to drop Cheng. In the same month, she was let go from her web series by longtime collaborator Clicknetwork TV.

This article, Xiaxue wages legal battle to gag boycott campaigner, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

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