Mon, Dec 11, 2006 - Page 2 News List

Entertainers admit to smoking weed and lying to hide it

STAFF WRITER , WITH AP

Two entertainers admitted yesterday to having smoked marijuana and apologized to the public for trying earlier to conceal the misdeed.

Chu Chung-heng (屈中恆) and Tuo Tsung-kang (庹宗康) were among six entertainers police questioned last week about alleged drug use.

At the time all six denied using drugs and were released on bail pending an investigation.

Chu, an actor and variety show host, said yesterday at a news conference he had lied because he was afraid of what might happen.

"I feared that I might lose all that I've strived for if I confessed," Chu tearfully told a news conference shown on CTI cable television.

He decided to tell the truth "so that I could face my daughter and family ... and not live under the shadow for the rest of my life."

Tuo, a variety show host, told a separate news conference that he did not smoke marijuana in Taiwan as alleged, but rather in Thailand and the Philippines when he visited there this year.

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