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Wu faces public after ‘defeat’ of extramarital affair

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Wu Yu-sheng (吳育昇), who was caught having an extramarital affair last week, ended his self-imposed seclusion yesterday and vowed to be more humble in the future.

“I was too conceited and failed to be strict with myself. I failed my family and harmed them,” Wu told a press conference. “I will regret [the affair] forever. This is a major defeat in my life.”

He denied that his wife would seek divorce or separation.

Wu hadn’t appeared in public for five days following reports that he was having an affair with a woman named Rebecca Sun (孫仲瑜).

Wu apologized to the public at the legislature after the Chinese-language Apple Daily ran a series of photos on Friday showing Wu and Sun going to a motel in Dazhi (大直), Taipei, last Wednesday.

The pair reportedly stayed in the motel for about two-and-a-half hours.

Wu, married with three children, admitted he had been having an affair and said he would spend five days in private to make amends with his family.

He also vowed to immediately put an end to his lease on a BMW SUV he used to travel to the motel. Wu had previously denied that the vehicle was provided by a private business, saying he had rented it for more than a year using political donations.

Wu said that although he did not violate the law by renting the car, he decided to end the lease after his personal life had been brought under public scrutiny.

Meanwhile, Cabinet Spokesman Su Jun-pin (蘇俊賓) rebutted media speculation that Premier Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) was also acquainted with the woman Wu had an affair with.

“[The premier] does not know her nor has he invited her [to meals] or been invited [to dine with her],” Su said.

Su made the remark after a political commentator on Tuesday said that Wu Den-yih also dined with Sun when Wu was a legislator.

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