Chinese model and actress Zhao Yaqi, who was caught on camera hugging badminton superstar Lin Dan in a hotel room, has apologised for her actions.
She bowed in front of members of the media during a press conference, and sobbed uncontrollably at times throughout the session on Tuesday.
“My behaviour has brought bad influence to society. My family members have also come under immense pressure due to my conduct.
“I could not forgive myself over this. Previously, I never thought that my actions could hurt others.
“I chose to evade the incident that happened over the past one week as I was scared, guilty and did no know how to face it.
“It was until when I saw all the criticisms and gossips online that I felt silence would cause further damage.
“I do not want those who are innocent in this incident to be hurt,” she was quoted by the daily.
Lin Dan, who became a father early this month, apologised for cheating on his wife Xie Xingfang, hours after the affair was exposed online.
Nicknamed “Super Dan” in China, Lin is the only man to have retained the Olympic badminton singles title – in 2008 and 2012 – and is the most successful singles player in the World Championships, winning five times between 2006 and 2013.
Xie had since forgiven her husband, according to the daily.