17 Feb '12, 4am

Hong Kong's Tang apologizes for illegal wine cellar; blames wife. #HKchief

Hong Kong's Tang apologizes for illegal wine cellar; blames wife. #HKchief

HONG KONG: Hong Kong chief executive hopeful Henry Tang's campaign was in disarray Friday after he blamed his wife for an illegal wine cellar that was found in one of the wealthy couple's properties. Tang came under pressure to quit the race after local media revealed the illegal structures including a wine cellar, a Japanese-style bath, entertainment suite and a workout room at the upmarket residential property. The 59-year-old heir of a textile fortune said the illegal renovation was his wife's idea, after media descended on the house to film inspectors enter what has been dubbed Tang's "underground palace". "I apologise to all Hong Kong people," a teary-eyed Tang told a hastily convened press conference late Thursday. "It was my wife's idea and I knew they were illegal. Since we were experiencing a low ebb in our marriage, I did not handle the matter swiftly. I take ful...

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