Gou files police complaint about misinformation

11/05/2019 06:42 PM
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Taipei, Nov. 5 (CNA) Tycoon Terry Gou (郭台銘) filed a complaint Tuesday with the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB), saying that a false rumor was being circulated online about the death of his mother, days after a curse was posted wishing for her death.

Gou, founder and former chairman of Hon Hai Precision Industry, told the police that the rumor of his mother's death was "unbearable" and "extremely vile."

"You can curse me by wishing I'd be killed in car accident, but no one should curse my mother because there'd be no Terry Gou today without her," he said to reporters before entering the CIB headquarters to file the complaint, accompanied by two aides.

Gou said he has been plagued by false rumors ever since he decided to compete in the presidential primary of the main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) earlier this year.

Even after he lost to Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) and decided not to run for president as an independent, the fake reports about him persisted, Gou said.

He said it is regrettable that politics can make people so twisted.

A few day before, two of Gou's aides, Tsai Chin-yu (蔡沁瑜) and Amanda Liu (劉宥彤), filed a similar complaint with the CIB about a curse on his mother, who is in her 90s.

According to the aides, the curse was being circulated online, wishing death on Gou's mother.

When the second rumor surfaced Monday, saying Gou's mother had died in hospital of a heart attack, Gou started receiving messages of condolences from friends and relatives, Liu told the media Tuesday.

"The rumor has caused a certain degree of panic and must be stopped," she said.

(By Wang Cheng-chung and Elizabeth Hsu)


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