Taipei City Government consultant denies sexual harassment

Taipei City Major Ko Wen-je says individuals concerned separated, matter to be investigated

Liu Chia-jen and Ko Wen-je

Liu Chia-jen and Ko Wen-je (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — During an interpellation at Taipei City Council on Thursday (Oct. 31), Taipei City Government consultant Liu Chia-jen (劉嘉仁) denied sexually harassing Taipei City Government spokesperson Huang Jing-ying (黃瀞瑩).

Liu allegedly harassed Huang by calling her into his office to discuss work-related matters and closing the door. He also, reportedly, had been constantly sending her messages, which made her uncomfortable, CNA reported.

In response, Liu said the term “sexual harassment” was exaggerated. Instead, he characterized his messages as “a little bit annoying” and claimed his reminders were intended to ensure her performance met expectations, CNA wrote.

Huang made no comment. Chairperson of the Research, Development and Evaluation Commission, Yu Chia-che (余家哲), reportedly informed Taipei City Major Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) of the situation.

Ko said Liu and Huang had been separated and that the Department of Labor would investigate after Ko was questioned about the matter by KMT Taipei City Councilor Wang Hong-wei (王鴻薇) at the Mayoral Interpellation Session, according to CNA.

Ko Wen-je (left) and Huang Jing-ying. (CNA photo)