Tue, Mar 05, 2002 - Page 2 News List

Legislator denies having an affair with police officer

STAFF WRITER

Journalists had all eyes on a female DPP legislator yesterday amid reports of a love affair between her and a married police officer.

The local Chinese-language media yesterday carried front-page stories about the alleged affair, which supposedly broke in January when the wife of the police officer, identified only by his surname Lin, applied for police protection at the Ta-an Police Station, citing long-term physical abuse by her husband.

A court order has yet to be issued on the protection request, but the couple are discussing divorce arrangements, the reports said.

The wife, identified only by her surname Chen, accused legislator Chou Ya-shu (周雅淑) of having an affair with her husband, the reports said. Chen also alleged that Chou made threatening phone calls to her and caused their divorce, according to the reports.

Chou, who is 36 and single, denied the accusations during a press conference yesterday. Chou denied any love affair with Lin, who she described as a good friend. Chou also denied that she threatened or pushed Lin's wife to divorce her husband.

A brawl allegedly occurred in January between Lin and his brother-in-law, after Lin beat up his wife and prevented her from going to see her mother.

Lin has filed a countersuit against his brother-in-law for physical assault.

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