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Film director Doze Niu accused of sexually assaulting worker
【Society】2018-12-07  17:10:16
Taipei, Dec. 7 (CNA) Taiwanese film director Doze Niu (鈕承澤) was questioned at a police station in Taipei on Friday morning after he was accused of sexually assaulting a female worker on the set of a new film he is shooting.

Surrounded by reporters after giving his side of the story to police officers at Da'an Precinct, Niu said he would cooperate with the investigation by police and prosecutors and hoped that he would be judged fairly.

The director complained, however, that he has already been tried in the court of public opinion outside the judicial system.

"I've been sentenced to the death penalty. Doze Niu is already dead," he said of how the public has perceived the case.

He then bowed to gathered reporters and left without answering any further questions.

The Taipei District Prosecutors Office has subpoenaed Niu for questioning at 4 p.m. Friday, according to police.

A local newspaper reported Wednesday that the 52-year-old director, actor, TV show host, screenwriter and producer, who gained fame with his 2010 Taiwanese gangster film "Monga," (艋舺) sexually assaulted a female worker when he was shooting a new film.

The alleged victim went to a hospital right after the alleged assault to establish proof of the assault, and the hospital confirmed her injuries, according to the United Daily News report.

Media reports said the woman, accompanied by friends, reported the case on Thursday to the Taipei City Police Department's division in charge of protecting women and children.

According to media reports, during 150 minutes of questioning Friday, Niu told the police that the alleged victim was his girlfriend, but the claim was denied by the victim based on online records of her interactions with Niu via the Line messaging app.

The victim said she and Niu had exchanged nothing but simple greetings before the assault and that she had turned down Niu's invitation for drinks.

(By Liu Chien-pang, Hsiao Po-wen and Elizabeth Hsu)
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