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Singer JJ Lin punched during autograph session in Taipei (update)

Singer JJ Lin punched during autograph session in Taipei (update)

Taipei, Jan. 1 (CNA) Singaporean singer-songwriter JJ Lin suffered injuries to his left ear when he was punched by a man at a signing event in Taipei Thursday. The 33-year-old Lin was signing autographs for his new album "Genesis" in the bustling Ximending shopping district when a 32-year-old man surnamed Chen got on stage with other fans and took a swing at the singer, according to the Wanhua police precinct. The event's staff nearby quickly subdued the man and called the police. Lin, who was struck on the side of the head, was taken to National Taiwan University Hospital in an ambulance but left the emergency room shortly after. He then went to the Wanhua police precinct to report the matter, before returning to the fan event to finish his autograph session. Lin's fans cheered when he returned to the signing event, which was attended by a large number of people, many of whom had gone there straight from New Year countdown parties. Lin said he was shocked when the man punched him but there was no major damage. "I'm ok. I'm ok. I just had a little injury to my ear. It's a little swollen," he said, adding, "I don't know the man who punched me." According to the diagnosis certificate issued by the hospital, Lin sustained contusions to his left ear from the blow on the side of his head. The attacker was taken to a police station for questioning but did not say what his motives were, according to the police. He will be charged with causing bodily harm, the police said. Lin's management company Warner Music Taiwan said it does not plan to sue the attacker as his motives are still unclear. It said it will wait for the results of the police investigation before making a decision. Lin is attending another signing event Friday, this time in Tainan, southern Taiwan. Warner Music Taiwan said it will hire security personnel to protect the singer, but only as a temporary measure. (By Liu Chien-pang and Christie Chen)

Updated : 2021-09-18 16:41 GMT+08:00