Wed, Nov 28, 2007 - Page 2 News List

Gou accuses reporter of trying to blackmail him

ONE MILLION Taipei prosecutors have indicted Tsang Chia-yi and her boyfriend, Huang Shang-ping, for allegedly blackmailing the Hon Hai Precision chairman

By Rich Chang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海精密) chairman Terry Gou (郭台銘) yesterday attended a hearing in which he accused a female reporter and her boyfriend of blackmailing him for US$1 million (NT$32.6 million).

"There would be no justice in Taiwan and Taiwan would not be a good place for me to stay if I lose the lawsuit," Gou told the court yesterday.

Gou said he had made tens of billions in charitable donations, and he did not care about the US$1 million, but if there were people who could successfully blackmail upright businessmen, there would be no justice in the country.

Taipei prosecutors have indicted Tsang Chia-yi (臧家宜), a reporter from Next magazine, and her boyfriend Huang Shang-ping (黃尚平) on suspicion of blackmailing Guo.

Tsang yesterday denied the accusation, saying she had never asked Gou for money. She told the court instead Hon Hai had asked to pay her the money as a royalty payment.

Gou told the court Tsang approached him last August, saying she would like to write a book about Gou and his company, the nation's largest electronics parts maker.

Gou added Tsang proposed writing the book, which was titled Burned By the Scorching Sun -- What You Don't Know About Terry Gou, and sent Gou an outline for review on Sept. 20 last year.

But after reading the outline, Gou said he became concerned about its content.

Gou said that he found fault with Tsang's plan to include Hon Hai's alleged tax evasion in the US and China as well as other alleged illegal activity.

Gou told the court he asked Tsang to refrain from writing the book, but Tsang and her boyfriend Huang demanded that Gou pay her US$1 million.

Gou reported the case to police last October and arranged a meeting between Hon Hai representatives and Tsang in order to hand her the money.

Police last October arrested Tsang when she took the money from a safety deposit box at a bank's VIP room, where she also signed a paper pledging to keep the whole incident confidential.

Tsang and Huang were arrested on charges of harassment and blackmail.

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