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Film director Chang Tso-chi to be imprisoned for sexual assault

2015/03/11 18:53

Chang Tso-chi (張作驥). CNA file photo

Taipei, March 11 (CNA) Taiwanese film director Chang Tso-chi (張作驥) will serve a three-year prison term for sexual assault, as the Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the ruling and sentence imposed by the lower courts.

Chang had filed an appeal with the Supreme Court after the High Court last October upheld the guilty verdict and sentence of three years and 10 months that was issued by the Taipei District Court in June last year.

In Wednesday's ruling, the Supreme Court also retained the verdict and the prison sentence against Chang, who was convicted of sexually assaulting a female colleague at his studio in Taipei in May 2013.

Chang has "disrespected women's right to act on their own and caused the victim unforgettable mental and physical pain," the Supreme Court said in its ruling.

Under the law, he has no further recourse and will be required to the serve the prison sentence imposed by the lower courts.

In presenting the case, prosecutors said the woman, who is screenwriter, was invited to join Chang and some of his other work colleagues for after dinner drinks at his Taipei studio on May 13, 2013.

The woman was alone with Chang at the studio after their colleagues left at 2:00 a.m. and he forced her into a sexual act at a time when she was too drunk to resist, prosecutors said. They said that when the woman realized what had happened, she called the police.

Prosecutors presented DNA evidence against Chang, which they said was obtained from semen samples taken from the woman's clothing and vagina.

Chang rose to fame in 1996 after he directed several films that depicted the lives of marginalized people in society. Among them were Soul of a Demon, and Ah Chung and The Best of Times, which won him major prizes at International film festivals. He also won the 2011 National Award for Arts.

(By Liu Shih-yi and Elizabeth Hsu)ENDITEM /pc