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#METOO/Media personality Lucifer Chu indicted on indecent assault charges

10/23/2023 05:26 PM
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Kuomintang Taipei City Councilor Chung Pei-chun (left) appear at a press conference on June 12, 2023. Lucifer Chu is pictured outside the Taipei District Prosecutors Office after being questioned for the case on July 5, 2023. CNA file photo
Kuomintang Taipei City Councilor Chung Pei-chun (left) appear at a press conference on June 12, 2023. Lucifer Chu is pictured outside the Taipei District Prosecutors Office after being questioned for the case on July 5, 2023. CNA file photo

Taipei, Oct. 23 (CNA) Prosecutors on Monday indicted media personality Lucifer Chu (朱學恒) for indecent assault following a probe into claims he groped and forcibly kissed Kuomintang Taipei City Councilor Chung Pei-chun (鍾沛君).

In a statement, the Taipei District Prosecutors Office said Chu could face between six months and five years in prison under the Criminal Code if found guilty.

Chu stands accused of groping and forcibly kissing Chung twice at a restaurant in Taipei on Aug. 6, 2022.

In a social media post on June 8, Chung said at her request and with her attorney present, Chu signed a letter a few days after the incident apologizing for his behavior and promising to stay away from the Taipei City councilor.

However, Chung said the letter written and signed by Chu made no mention of the indecent assault, adding that she had decided to go public with her experiences in order to be a "fighter" rather than "a victim."

On the same day as Chung's post, Chu issued a public apology, in which he said he may have "made mistakes" and "could not categorically deny" any wrongdoing as he had been too drunk to remember his actions on the night of the alleged assault.

Chu, who rose to prominence translating English-language fantasy novels into Chinese, then referred himself to prosecutors on June 12, a move Chung criticized as "playacting to exploit the justice system and deceive the public into giving him sympathy."

Chung later filed her own complaint with prosecutors against Chu, who she said had shown "no remorse for his behavior."

According to prosecutors, the case and the results of their investigation have been handed to the Taipei District Court.

(By Flor Wang and Lin Chang-shun)

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