Sun, Apr 22, 2007 - Page 2 News List

Hon Hai chairman dismisses rumors of affair

By Hsiang Cheng-chen, Hsu Sheng-mei and Lin Cheng-chih  /  STAFF REPORTERS , WITH STAFF WRITER

Lawyers representing Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海精密) chairman Terry Gou (郭台銘) yesterday issued a statement dismissing allegations that Gou had an extramarital affair 19 years ago and was later responsible for ensuring she was sent to jail when he was trying to break up with her, said.

The statement came in the wake of allegations made by a man who appeared on Friday at the preliminary hearing of a blackmail lawsuit Gou has filed against former Next Magazine reporter Tsang Chia-yi (臧家宜).

The man, who identified himself as Hsu Ching-wei (徐靖崴), made a surprise appearance at the Taipei District Court and told reporters he had enough evidence to prove that Gou had an extramarital affair 19 years ago and then later set his mistress up for a jail term.

Hsu said he would testify against Gou in court if necessary because he was an intermediary in the case involving Gou and his alleged mistress.


Hsu invited reporters to his residence where he showed a document which he claimed was a verdict handed down by the Taiwan High Court.

The document said that former stock dealer Chen Chung-mei (陳崇美) was sentenced to four months in jail for blackmailing Gou.

It listed six nude pictures of Gou, a videotape of Gou and Chen having sex and a video camera among the evidence -- all of which are in the possession of police.

"Chen was Gou's mistress and the affair began in 1988," Hsu claimed. "When Gou tried to break up with her in 1992, she hired a private detective to videotape the two of them having intercourse and asked for `compensation.'"

Hsu said Gou then gave Chen NT$3 million (about US$90,000), with the promise of paying her a total of NT$5 million.

In 1993, when Chen asked Gou for the remaining NT$2 million, Gou told the police.

"Chen asked for intercession and I served as the intermediary," Hsu said.


However, Gou's lawyers said in the statement that Hsu was simply trying to blackmail Gou.

Hsu allegedly sent Gou three letters between 1998 and 2001, asking for money to keep his mouth shut, the statement said.

The letters also contained warnings such as: "If you don't pay up, I will teach you a lesson" and "You can easily make a mad man your friend if you don't pay," quoted the statement as saying.

"As I have never responded to Mr. Hsu's blackmail, he has tried to hurt me twice by making up stories and telling the public now that I am busy with my case against Tsang," the statement said. "But I believe in the rule of law and justice so I will not give in."

Asked for comments on Friday, Edmund Ding (丁祈安), spokesman for Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, said: "We will do whatever it takes to fight, through the legal process, whoever attacks the company or the company's leader."

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