Wed, Mar 13, 2002 - Page 2 News List

Chu asked to pay bond for concert


Singapore police have slapped a US$5,500 bond on concerts by Taiwan politician-turned-singer Chu Mei-feng (璩美鳳), forbidding any reference to a video of her sexual exploits.

"The shows can go on ... [but] the requirement is she doesn't talk about the video," a police spokesman said yesterday.

"A security bond of S$10,000 has been imposed."

Chu, a former Taipei city councillor, was secretly filmed in a sex romp with a married lover last year and the video has been widely distributed throughout the region and on the Internet.

She has since been barred from performing in Malaysia where she was described as a bad role model for young people.

But Singapore police said that after seeking the views of various government agencies, they were satisfied her performances this weekend were "unlikely to lead to any law and order problems."

But police said in a statement that in the interest of the public, conditions had to be imposed on the concert organizer.

"Nothing during the concert should be performed, screened or spoken about which relates in any way to the video clip of Chu Mei-feng that has been widely circulated since December last year, or the circumstances surrounding and the events following the release of the video clip," the statement said.

"The condition imposed is necessary as the content of the video clip is not only offensive but also pornographic."

Chu, who has already released a book describing her ordeal after the scandal was exposed, denied in a telephone interview with Singapore reporters that she was cashing in on her notoriety.

"I haven't had a job for half a year. Working to make a bit of money is not a sin," she said from Taiwan.

The concert organizers have said Chu will be paid roughly US$86,000 for performances at Singapore's Golden Theatre from March 15 to March 18, which are expected to mark her public singing debut.

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