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TV pundit ordered to compensate tycoon over donation claim

TV pundit ordered to compensate tycoon over donation claim

Taipei, Aug. 21 (CNA) A television and radio pundit was ordered by the Taipei District Court Friday to pay NT$2 million in compensation to Hon Hai Group Chairman Terry Gou (???) for falsely claiming that Gou donated a NT$300 million political contribution to the Kuomintang's candidate during last year's Taipei mayoral election. Clara Chou (???), a HitFm radio host and frequent TV talk show guest, in addition to paying monetary damages, was also ordered to publish a half-page apology statement on the front pages of seven newspapers as well as on my-formosa.com. Chou said on her Facebook page that she will definitely appeal the ruling.
According to the court, an investigation proved that Gou did not donate NT$300 million to Sean Lien (???). Chou made the claim based merely on an account by Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (???) and did not verify with Gou or Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Ker Chien-ming (???), the court said. The case can be traced back to January when Ko accepted a radio interview, in which he said during the run-up to the mayoral election, a certain entrepreneur gave NT$300 million to his rival. Soon after, Chou said in a TV talk show that the entrepreneur mentioned by Ko was in fact Gou. Gou later filed a defamation suit against Chou. He also filed a civil lawsuit to demand compensation of NT$10 million from Chou. When testifying in court, Ko said before the mayoral election, he had turned to Ker to help introduce him to Gou in the hope of seeking the tycoon's support. Ko said he was told that Gou supported his rival and had given the latter NT$300 million. Ko said he therefore dropped the idea of meeting Gou. Ker, however, testified that Ko misunderstood what he said. Ker said what he meant was that Gou had donated NT$300 million to the Taipei Pavilion of the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai during the tenure of former Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (???). (By Paige Tsai, Liu Shih-yi and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-26 02:11 GMT+08:00