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Hostess repeats musician rape claim

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A Taipei bar hostess at the center of a sex scandal involving a popular rock band has gone back on her story and repeated her original allegations that two of the group's members, along with their friend, raped her.

Police began an investigation into the case on Jan. 30, after the victim was found crying on the steps of a Taipei police station. The woman told police that the three men had gang raped her, but later retracted the allegations.

Speaking to a television reporter by telephone yesterday, the woman now says that Wu Yung-chi (吳永吉) and Tu Wen-hsiang (杜文祥), two members of the five-man group The Chairman (董事長樂團), and their friend Tsou Yung-tai (鄒永泰) raped her.

The woman says the three men forced her to go to the Sowa Hotel (首華飯店) on Nanking East Road early on the morning of Jan. 30.

"I didn't want to go to the hotel with them at all," the woman said.

The woman also confirmed earlier reports that the four had been drinking in the hotel room. She said the three men stripped her and forced her to have sex with them.

"Both Wu and Tu grabbed my body and they told Tsou to rape me," the woman told the reporter.

But the woman said she wasn't sure whether Wu, the band's rhythm guitarist and singer, and Tu, the band's solo guitarist and vocalist, raped her, because she was too drunk. The woman said she was depressed after the incident. "I wanted to kill myself," she said.

The woman also said she was saddened to learn that some fans of The Chairman had left messages on the group's Web site, calling her derogatory names. "Yes, I'm a bar hostess," she said. "But I also have my dignity as a human being." The woman is a hostess at Fu Yeh (富爺酒店), a popular hostess bar.

The victim yesterday also denied reports she had accepted NT$500,000 from independent legislator Lin Ruey-tou (林瑞圖) in order to put the allegations to a rest.

"I didn't and I won't take a dollar from anybody," she said.

Police announced yesterday that after additional laboratory testing, Tsou's DNA had also been identified in the sample taken from the woman.

"At least two of them did have sex with the victim," police said.

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