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Twu denies making advances toward male at KTV party

Twu denies making advances toward male at KTV party

Acting Department of Health Minister Twu Shing-jer ("\醒哲) yesterday vehemently denied the accusation that he sexually harassed a male during a KTV gathering, saying he would resign from his post if the allegation is proved true.
Twu stressed that he is neither homosexual, nor bisexual.
"The allegation is purely fictitious," Twu told a news conference yesterday afternoon. "I am willing to confront the person who made such an accusation."
The scandal first surfaced Tuesday when People First Party Legislator Diane Lee (李慶安) revealed that she received a complaint from a married man, alleging that Twu had made unwanted physical advances toward him and kissed his ear in a Cashbox KTV in Taipei in the early August.
Lee subsequently released the written complaint yesterday, in which the alleged victim said Twu, apparently under the influence of alcohol at the time, also engaged in an erotic dance with another man at the gathering and publicly announced that he was bisexual.
The scandal snowballed yesterday as the local media devoted broad coverage to the story. It also became the focus of the Cabinet's routine news conference yesterday morning, as reporters tried to glean more information on the expose.
Twu holds a doctoral degree from the University of California Los Angeles in public health, and specializes in epidemiology. He has been a devoted activist of AIDS prevention over the years and publicly advocated safe sex when he served as the director-general of the Health Department's Center for Disease Control.
Twu, who declined to comment on the issue Tuesday, held two news conferences yesterday. In a statement released earlier in the day, he said he would take legal action against the Chinese-language United Daily News for publishing an "untrue story" about him and that he would resign from his post if any substantial evidence was offered to prove the allegation.
"I have not been to Cashbox KTV this year," he said. "I am neither homosexual nor bisexual. I have long devoted myself to the prevention of AIDS and have supported homosexual groups."
Asked whether the accusations might have been initiated intentionally by his political rivals, Twu said he did not want to make any speculations, but added that Taiwan's politics would have hit a new level of immaturity if that proved to be the case.
Twu's wife, Chen Yu-chuan (鄭玉娟), said he spent the day in question with his family.
Responding to the developing scandal, Cabinet Spokesperson Chuang Suo-hang (莊?漢) told reporters yesterday morning that Premier Yu Shyi-kun (游錫?) had asked Cabinet Secretary-General Liu Shih-feng (劉世芳) to gather information on the case and discuss it with the relevant agencies.
Stressing that the Executive Yuan would handle the issue in accordance with the law, Chuang said the judicial system would get involved if there was sufficient evidence to support the sexual harassment accusation.
Chuang, nevertheless, stressed that the public and media should not make prejudgments before the truth is uncovered. He also revealed that Twu, in a private meeting with Premier Yu Shyi-kun earlier yesterday, firmly denied any involvement in the scandal.
"(Twu) would have no reason to remain in his current position if the allegation was proved true. However, we urge the public not to make any premature conclusions because Twu's rights are also important," he said.
Chuang disclosed that the Cabinet had not yet received a valid complaint regarding the issue, which, under the regulations, should include the name, ID number, and contact information of the accuser. He revealed that Legislator Lee had submitted a complaint to Premier Yu but tore down the name of the accuser immediately after Yu had read the identity of the person.
"According to the regulations, the Cabinet should not handle anonymous complaints except for cases that involve major concerns. We hope Legislator Lee can provide us more information," he said.
Lee, however, said later that she had met the regulations by stating her identity and other information in the complaint which she handed to Yu.
She also expressed doubts that the issue would come to any conclusion if it is handled through Secretary-General Liu.
"I do not have any confidence in the Executive Yuan. I might seek assistance from members of the Control Yuan if necessary," she said.
Lee said she will persuade the accuser to show up for a news conference as soon as today.


Updated : 2020-12-01 11:20 GMT+08:00