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Presidential aid denies rape

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An unemployed single mother says a national policy advisor lured her to his home under the pretense of offering job assistance and then raped her.

The women, who declined to identify herself yesterday, said Chen Chao-chuan (陳朝傳) invited her to his apartment on May 5. The pair were to discuss job opportunities, but Chen raped her instead.

The woman made the accusations yesterday while being accompanied by a New Party lawmaker, Hsieh Chi-ta (謝啟大).

But Chen, 70, the chairman of the Shihlin Paper company, denied the accusations yesterday. Chen said the woman had been living with him since April last year, and that the two have had "normal, mutually agreed upon relations."

Media reports yesterday said Chen had been arrested and released on bail of NT$50,000, which Chen confirms. The woman said she reported the incident to the Shihlin police precinct.

Chen reportedly has close ties with former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) and KMT Chairman Lien Chan (連戰). He was asked to continue on as a national policy advisor to President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) last year.

The woman, from Kaohsiung, said that Chen's third mistress is her second-eldest sister's god-mother, and that she has a close relationship with Chen and his third mistress.

Last year, the woman divorced her husband after she discovered he was having an affair. Since then, she has searched unsuccessfully to find a job to support her nine-year-old daughter.

In March she asked Chen for help in finding a job. After receiving a phone call from Chen on May 5, the woman says, she boarded a plane for Taipei on the same afternoon.

"I'm rich. I'm well-connected," Chen allegedly told the woman on the day of the incident.

"I know the president. If you tell anyone, my third wife will be upset. Stick with me, it's not so bad."

The woman also said that in the week after the May 5 incident, Chen and his third mistress threatened her and her family. Chen told her that she would face embarrassment and prison time if she went public with the charges, the woman says.

Chen said yesterday that she offered to be his "fourth mistress."

Chen said the woman had been living with him since April last year, and has given her ample money but she has never been satisfied.

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