After being publicly spurned by Carina Lau (劉嘉玲), here at Pop Stop we thought we could take a long deserved rest from revealing the latest comings and goings in Terry Gou's (郭台銘) affairs of the heart and wallet. Alas, the media can't keep their hands of Taiwan's answer to Casanova who has been hitting the airwaves with a vengence. This time, the IT tycoon's past extramarital affair with a purported securities firm's employee named Chen Chung-mei (陳崇美) has left members of the public gob smacked.
The sordid tale broke when a private detective named Hsu Ching-wei (徐靖崴) told the media last Friday that he was fired by Chen after she had sought his help in "seeking justice" after Gou failed to deliver "compensation" of NT$5 million for their break-up.
According to Hsu, Gou and Chen had lived together from 1988 to 1992, but their relationship quickly deteriorated after Gou tried to ditch the mistress after his late wife returned to Taiwan from the US.
The then young woman turned into a goddess of vengeance, sending a Paris Hilton-style video of the pair in fagrante delicto and nude pictures of Gou to his family to prize money from the tycoon.
While the local media seem to side with Chen, portraying her as a poor woman blinded by love, the corporation chairman wheeled out the big guns in a damage control mission on Sunday. He said he knew Chen from a hostess bar and the pair had never cohabited.
And how about the private detective who claimed he just wanted to expose Gou's vice to the world? It turned out that Hsu had tried to blackmail the entrepreneur several times over the years, saying a bit of cash could turn him into Gou's "most obliged friend."
The moral of the story is two-fold: on the one hand, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, especially if the scorner has deep pockets. On the other, a diplomatic strategy may more easily secure some cash from your sugar daddy-turned-enemy.
As well as making teen girls hot, boy bands also help to turn up the economic heat, it has been revealed. F4 is estimated to boost the local tourism industry by seven percent as thousands of their fans descend on this country from Japan and South Korea to attend the F4 international fan club get-together, to be held at the National Taiwan University's (國立台灣大學) gymnasium on Sunday.
As the new spokesmen of the Tourism Bureau (觀光局), the foursome put on quite a show, horsing around, grabbing each other's buttocks and dutifully hawking several tourist destinations to their foreign devotees.
Hong Kong actress Rosamund Kwan (關之琳) made a rare trek to Kaohsiung last week for a TV commercial.
As expected, the well-preserved star looked as dashing as she did 20 years ago. But what the local media didn't see coming was the beauty's penchant for Hello Kitty. Booked into the presidential suite, the star demanded to move to a suit which contained a screaming pink room stuffed with images of the Japanese feline icon.
Kwan could be leaving it a little late in life to fake cute (裝可愛), after all, there are plenty of other objects a mature woman could lavish her attention on.
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