National Security Bureau (NSB) Director Shi Hwei-yow (
Shi said he didn't rule out taking legal action against those making the claims.
The Chinese-language Next Magazine yesterday reported that Shi frequently attended gatherings with female escorts in 2003 and 2004, when he served as secretary-general of the semi-official Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF).
"I needed to associate with businesspeople when I worked in the SEF. There were no gatherings with female escorts," Shi said.
The magazine published a photograph which it claimed showed Shi in a guest house with hostesses on Aug. 5, 2004, accompanied by Lin Yu-lin (
"On that day, my wife was with me in the guest house," Shi said.
Ever since President Chen Shui-bian (
A report last week in the China Times Weekly, a Chinese-language magazine, said that Shi's female secretary at the SEF had accused him of sexual harassment.
"None of the rumors are true. I wish the public would stop relaying the erroneous claims. I will admit my faults, if any, but it's outrageous to exaggerate the story," Shi said.
Shi is divorced from his first wife, but didn't complete the marriage registration process when he wed his second wife.
"I didn't complete the registration process, because I didn't want to hurt my children. It's unfair to say that I am someone who is too wicked to be pardoned," he said.
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