Thursday, 5 September 2013

22 years' jail for sexual assault involving Taiwanese starlets and models

22 years' jail for sexual assault involving Taiwanese starlets and models 

 

 

 

 

22 years' jail for sexual assault involving Taiwanese starlets and models



One of Taiwan’s biggest sex scandals in recent years involving a rich playboy and several victims including models and starlets, has closed with a 22 year jail term  for assaulting nine women and filming the acts

Taipei: Socialite Justin Lee, the son of former Yuanta CEO Lee Yueh-tsang, has received a jail sentence of some 22 years for sexually assaulting nine women and filming the acts.
A host of Taiwanese starlets and models had been named among Lee's victims.
According to Taiwan media, Lee who's also known as Li Zongrui, had 27.5GB files of sex videos and nude pictures found by police in his apartment.
A total of 93 videos (883mins) and 176 photos were apparently found on the hard-drive of Lee's computer and a few has since been leaked online.
The graphic images show Lee having sex with different women, some of whom appear dazed or struggling with him.
Lee who faced 45 counts of rape, aggravated rape, and violation of privacy, turned himself in last month after hiding from authorities.
The court chided Lee, saying "Lee should have collaborated with the authorities to clarify the case".
The Taipei district court went on to sentence Lee to jail for 18 years and six months for nine counts of assault.
He was sentenced to another three years and ten months for making sex videos without the women's consent and invading their privacy.
In addition, Lee will also have to pay a total of NT$14.25 million (S$610,200) in damages to 12 of his victims.
As previous hearings of the case were closed to the public, Taiwan media turned up in force for the sentencing of Lee, who appeared relieved when his sentence was read out.
The court said there was not enough evidence to convict Lee of aggravated sexual assault by drugging some victims, as prosecutors had requested.
The 28-year-old was originally accused of drugging, raping as well as secretly filming as many as 30 women, among them models and actresses – crimes which carry a combined maximum penalty of 30 years jail - in one of Taiwan’s biggest sex scandals in recent years.
Lee who plans to appeal the sentencing has claimed that all the women in the videos had agreed to the recordings. He has also denied drugging them.
In July 2011, two sisters filed a complaint against Lee for drug rape and recording sexual activity without consent.
Amidst a year-long police investigation, the scandal took another turn when Next Magazine claimed in August last year,that Taiwanese celebrities Maggie Wu, Terri Kwan, Bianca Bai, and Ruru Lin were featured in the videos.

Justin Lee, the man at the centre of the most notorious sex scandal seen in Taiwan in years, has been sentenced to a total of 22 years and four months' jail on nine counts of non-consensual sex and 15 counts of privacy violation for filming himself having sex with multiple women including celebrities.

The 28-year-old socialite was found not guilty of more serious charges of aggravated rape by the panel of judges at the Taipei District Court, where the sentence was read out this morning, due to lack of evidence.

Lee was also ordered to pay NT$14.25 million (S$611,587) to 12 of his victims, who had sued him for a total of NT$75 million in damages.
Dressed in a black jacket and trousers and sporting a newly-shaved head, Lee looked relieved after the sentence was announced.
The one-time playboy could have been jailed for up to 30 years on 45 counts of rape, aggravated rape, and violation of privacy.
Lee's lawyer said he would appeal the sentence.




























22 years for Taiwanese billionaire's son who filmed non-consensual sex with women

The playboy son of a Taiwanese billionaire has been sentenced to more than 22 years in jail for secretly videotaping himself having non-consensual sex with numerous intoxicated women, including actresses and models.
In the island's most notorious sex scandal, Justin Lee, the son of Lee Yue-chang, was found guilty on nine counts of "non-consensual" sex, as well as 15 counts of violating privacy by filming sex acts with the women, the Taipei District Court said.
Lee must also pay 12 victims a total of NT$14.3 million (HK$3.7 million) in compensation.
Taipei prosecutors said they would appeal against the verdict. In November, they accused Lee of drugging and raping 30 women - charges that carried a maximum prison sentence of 266 years, although Taiwanese sentencing restrictions would have limited any jail term to 30 years.
The court sentenced Lee to 18-1/2 years for having non-consensual sex with nine of the women, meaning their ability to consent was impaired by drink or drugs. It was a lesser charge than the "aggravated forcible rape" initially sought by prosecutors.
It found that 15 of the 30 women Lee videotaped did not know they were being recorded, earning him an additional three years and 10 months in jail. That portion of the sentence can be converted into a fine of NT$2.8 million. The court did not find enough evidence to convict Lee of raping or having non-consensual sex with 21 of the women.
"The defendant was not found guilty of sexual assaults because the videos showed there was no concrete evidence," a district court spokesman said.
Some victims expressed disappointment at the leniency of the sentencing.
"My client felt very frustrated after learning of such a light sentence," said lawyer Chang Li-yeh after the trial.
Lee said he would appeal against the verdicts and maintained that all the acts were consensual.
In June, a court sentenced two reporters and two editors to six months in jail, convertible into fines, for publishing photos of the women in the sex acts with Lee. It also gave 12 internet users six-month suspended sentences for circulating the videos, which are still on some foreign websites.
The scandal exposed the colourful private life of Lee's father, Lee Yue-chang, a former board member of Yuanta Financial Holdings.

The sex scandal that rocked Taiwan: Socialite Justin Lee convicted of raping over 28 women, including his father's girlfriend (NSFW)

By Beth Main, Sharon Kwok, and James Griffiths.

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Justin Lee, 27, who has been convicted of raping numerous women.
Even more shocking details have emerged from Taiwan’s trial of the decade, the island’s very own, considerably more twisted version of the Edison Chen scandal, in which socialite Justin Lee (Lee Tsung-jui, 李宗瑞) has been convicted of over 28 assorted rape and sexual assault charges, and 17 charges of invasion of privacy, after he recorded himself having sex with and raping over 60 women. Lee, 27, is the son of former Yuanta CEO Lee Yueh-tsang, and was a regular on Taipei’s high roller club scene. Lee would meet girls in bars and luxury nightclubs such as the Barcelona Bar where he reportedly still has an outstanding tab of over 430,000 yuan (NT$2 million, US$67,000). After identifying a target and plying her with drinks, the wealthy socialite who in the past was romantically involved with Taiwanese models Maggie Wu and Terri Kwan, would take her back to a hotel room and spike her drink. Once his victim was unconscious, Lee would rape her, documenting the crime with videos and photographs.
Lee reportedly recorded over 25GB of footage; pornographic films which he would show off to friends, or, when his victim was famous or wealthy, for blackmail and extortion. Lee’s victims included more than 60 celebrities, actresses, models, artists, and a TV host, some of whom were filmed on more than one occasion.
Lee’s collection grew so large that he even developed a film classification system, organising his exploits by performance ratings, victims’ personal attributes, sexual preferences, and, most disgustingly, ratings for ‘tightness’ and ‘wetness’. He filed all the videos on his computer, a collection which, at the time of Lee’s arrest, included 178 photos and 93 videos, amounting to 883 minutes of footage, organised in 48 separate folders. At the height of his perverted crime spree, Lee raped and/or recorded as many as 16 women in a single month.
Things began to unravel for the socialite turned rapist in July 2011, when two sisters filed a complaint against Lee for drug rape and recording sexual activity without consent. Lee denied the claim but a police investigation would swiftly uncover his extensive collection of photographs and films.
A year long investigation into Lee’s activities identified the majority of the victims, 13 of whom went on to press charges for drug rape. All the while Lee maintained that the sex was wholly consensual, despite the fact that several of the videos show the women either unconscious or unresponsive.
The scandal took another turn in August last year, when Next Magazine published a detailed exposé of Lee’s sexual exploits, claiming that Taiwanese celebrities Maggie Wu, Terri Kwan, Bianca Bai, and Ruru Lin all featured in Lees videos. Taipei prosecutors issued a warrant for Lee’s arrest.
After attempting to evade authorities for 23 days, Lee turned himself in on August 23, 2012. In a pre-trial hearing the district attorney successfully argued, based on his previous attempts to evade justice, that Lee was a flight risk and should be denied bail. Chen Mei-lan, a 47 year old insurance agent who sheltered Lee while he was on the run, has been arrested and is awaiting sentencing for harbouring a suspected criminal.
When he was finally brought to trial, Lee admitted “doing wrong” but plead not guilty to 28 counts of various degrees of sexual assault and 17 accounts of privacy violation, at a closed door hearing. Ironically for Lee, the accusation from the two sisters, which kicked off the investigation and led to his world crashing down around him, was thrown out due to lack of evidence.
Of the 32 women filmed having sex with Lee, six appeared to have been drugged, three were forced into the act, nine showed signs of resistance, and 10 women were either delirious or unresponsive.
Prosecutors asked for a combined sentence of 30 years in prison, the maximum sentence allowed by law. On October 19, 2012, Lee was found guilty of six charges of aggravated forcible rape, 12 charges of forcible rape, 10 charges of intercourse with an unconscious person, and 17 charges of invasion of privacy. Lee was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
Amazingly, Lee’s sentencing did not put the scandal to bed. Online rumours surfaced in December 2012 that Lee had raped his father’s girlfriend, who was alleged to have become pregnant as a result. Liang Tianting was not listed as a victim in the original charges against Lee, and had intended to keep the “unfortunate experience” a secret. However, when Liang discovered that she was pregnant, two months after the rape had taken place, she told Lee Yueh-tsang, Justin’s father, about what had taken place. The elder Lee instructed Liang to cover up his son’s crime, refusing to offer her any kind of protection or compensation.
After rumours continued to circulate that Liang was one of Justin Lee’s victims, she broke her silence on a personal blog (since removed), issuing a statement verifying that the rumours were true. Liang claimed that on the day in question she had gone to Lee’s home to copy some files from his computer. While she waited, Lee handed her a cup of water which he had drugged. Falling unconscious, Liang said she was vaguely aware of Lee molesting her but lacked the strength to resist.
In addition to detailing Lee’s crimes against her, in her statement Liang recalled seeing a website, bookmarked on Lee’s computer, that sells date rape drugs (Lee has admitted to police that drugs found in his home were purchased online). She called for police to shut down the site to protect future victims.

























Justin Lee Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison for Drug Rape



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Closure on Taiwanese socialite Justin Lee’s (李宗瑞) drug rape case, finally came in the form of a guilty verdict on October 19. Justin was sentenced to 14 years in prison, after he admitted to purchasing date rape drugs online, which he purportedly also used on his own stepmother!
The woman Justin’s father dated last year, who is now Justin’s stepmother, is also reportedly one of his drug-facilitated rape victims. According to Hong Kong news reports, Justin’s stepmother did not appear as a witness in court, but she helped the prosecutor in recovering physical evidence, which assisted in unraveling the case.
In the case, the crucial argument is whether Justin had planted drugs in the women’s drinks before engaging in sexual activities with them. Thirteen women pressed charges against Justin for drug rape and the unauthorized filming of the sexual activities. Based on the video evidence, the drugs recovered from Justin’s residence, and the victims’ testimonies, it clearly pointed to drug rape.
Justin Lee Admits Purchasing Date Rape Drugs Online
Throughout the trial, Justin’s defense was that the women in the video tapes had engaged in consensual sex with him. Faced with the witnesses’ testimonies and the mounting evidence–including retrieved samples of the date rape drugs found as his residence–Justin finally admitted the drugs were purchased online.
It was reported that Justin has videotaped 93 videos of his sexual activities with a total of 50 women, in which some of the women were taped taped on more than one occasion. Although the police were able to identify some of the victims, only 13 of them decided to press charges. The District Prosecutors’ Office urged more victims to come forward, if the video was shot without their knowledge or if they believe they were drugged.
Justin Lee Had a Fetish for Long Hair
Justin had raped several young models. His plan of action was usually getting the victim drunk at the bar, and then taking her home. If the victim was not drunk enough, he would create excuses to invite the woman to his place.
After slipping the drugs into water or liquor, they were tasteless, odorless, and colorless. Justin will then wait for the sexual assault opportunity.
Many of the victims were unconscious while being raped. Some women will wake up intermittently during the rape, and under the influence of alcohol and drugs, would slip back into unconsciousness. The process was captured in Justin’s video camera, in which he showed the footage to his friends.
The police also discovered Justin’s affinity for pretty women with long hair, as almost all the victims have long hair. Sometimes if the victims were in a prolonged state of unconsciousness, Justin had a habit of taping the sexual activities on his cell phone camera, in addition to the concurrent camcorder taping.
The Origins of Justin Lee’s Drug Rape Case
In July 2011, two sisters filed a complaint against Justin Lee for drug rape and unauthorized video recording of the sexual assault. Justin denied the women’s claims and counter-filed charges in return, insisting that the women had consensual sex with him. After further investigation, the police unearthed Justin’s pornographic collection with close to 50 celebrities and models in them.
Many actions were extremely explicit, and most videos were shot without the knowledge of the victims. Justin also categorized the videos based on the themes and methodically filed them in different folders. The victims’ names were used for the movie files.
After a year of investigation, the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office issued a warrant for Justin’s arrest in August 2012. After playing fugitive for 23 days, Justin surrendered himself at the police station on August 23. Based on his hiding from the police and the severity of the crime, the District Attorney convinced the judge to deny bail.
Final Verdict
After a well publicized trial, the Justin Lee drug rape case finally concluded with a guilty verdict. Initially denying of the crime, Lee finally admitted he bought the date drugs online. Justin Lee was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
TV News Coverage on Justin Lee’s Case
Source: QQ.com
This article is written by Lance for JayneStars.com.
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