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China Times: Sex scandal sparks gossip frenzy

China Times: Sex scandal sparks gossip frenzy

Rich heir Justin Lee, who is accused of drugging and raping several starlets and other women and filming the acts, turned himself in Thursday after 23 days on the run. The scandal has created a huge uproar in society. The truth, however, may not necessarily be cleared up in the end and justice may not be upheld. Lee claimed he did not drug the women and that the acts were consensual. This means that unless the victims come forward and file complaints, Lee will not face any criminal charges. Also, unless the victims had received tests immediately after the acts, there would be no evidence to prove they had been drugged. An investigation should nevertheless be launched to probe the leak of the explicit photos and videos, as investigators and prosecutors are suspected of being involved. The worst sufferers in the case are those women who have dated Lee or been sexually assaulted by him because they will have to live under the scandal's shadow, having no idea when or if their images will be exposed on the Internet. Meanwhile, certain media outlets have become the biggest beneficiaries. In the heat of the scandal, they were using various relevant and irrelevant photos of parties involved to sensationalize the case in a bid to boost sales. Some pundits also managed to steal some of the spotlight by sharing gossip on TV. The case demonstrates that the regulations on Internet content in Taiwan are too lax. Images of sexual assault, molestation and other criminal acts should not be allowed to spread freely on the Internet. (Editorial abstract -- Aug. 25, 2012) (By Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-02-28 03:28 GMT+08:00