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TSU lawmaker to waive duties during rape probe

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

TSU Legislator Lin Chih-lung (林志隆) yesterday asked party officials to suspend his legislative rights while he is under investigation for the alleged rape of an aide.

"When it comes to relationships, it should be multiple choice, instead of yes-no questions. It is difficult to judge these kinds of issues by law, but I am sorry that my choices have caused trouble," Lin said in a press release yesterday. "I hereby ask for a suspension from the TSU of my legal rights as a lawmaker while I am being investigated."

The married lawmaker's request came amid growing controversy over his sex life.

On Aug. 14, a Chinese-language newspaper reported that a Taipei hospital had filed a report on the alleged rape of one of Lin's legislative assistants, surnamed Chen, with the Chungcheng First Precinct police station on the morning of July 30 after Chen had sought a medical exam for rape. Hospitals are required by law to notify the police if they suspect a patient has been sexually assaulted.

Cable-news stations reported that same day that Chen had denied being raped and accused a colleague of fabricating the story.

Chen contacted reporters on Thursday to arrange a group interview and played a recording of a phone conversation that she said she had withπ Lin on July 9.

She told reporters that Lin had invited her and another of his female aides, identified as "Miss B," to a room at the Regent Hotel on July 9.

Chen said both she and "Miss B" went to the hotel but she left the room before Lin and the other woman. She said she later called Lin and recorded the conversation.

In the recording, the man Chen identified as Lin describes intimate activity between "Miss B" and himself and invites Chen to return to the hotel room for a threesome.

Despite repeated questioning, Chen would not say whether she had been raped or whether she had a sexual relationship with Lin.

She did tell reporters, however, that Lin had a mistress whose last name is Chang, by whom he has an eight-year-old son.

Chang, who lives in Kaohsiung, was reached by reporters yesterday and confirmed her relationship with Lin and admitted that Lin is the father of her son.

"I do not regret what I have done and I do not think it is wrong to love somebody with all one's heart," Chang said. "However, what I did was my own decision. Miss Chen should not have criticized my personal life and make it public."

TSU party whip Cheng Chen-lung (程振隆) said yesterday that the party will consider Lin's request.

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