The Ministry of Justice yesterday denied a media report alleging it had cooperated with a TV company to produce a TV drama about prosecutors, but then failed to control motorbike gang members “hired” as extras during the shooting in Greater Kaohsiung.
Next Magazine yesterday reported that the ministry spent NT$40 million (US$1.38 million) to make a TV drama titled Anti-Corruption Hero produced by and aired on Formosa TV.
The report said the film crew was shooting a story about prosecutors cracking down on motorbike gangs in Greater Kaohsiung on Aug. 2 and that Greater Kaohsiung Council Speaker Hsu Kun-yuan (許崑源) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) helped recruit members of motorbike gangs to play extras.
However, the film crew allegedly failed to control members of the gangs, who reportedly disturbed local residents all night.
The report said Kaohsiung police cracked down on the gang members after receiving more than 30 complaints, adding that traffic tickets were also issued to some of them. It said Hsu and the ministry had asked police not to fine gang members because they were involved in the making of the TV series.
Deputy Minister of Justice Chen Shou-huang (陳守煌) told a press conference yesterday that the ministry had not contributed to the drama’s budget.
“The ministry only provided real stories about prosecutors to the production team. We did not attend the shooting and the ministry did not know that the film crew had recruited members of motorbike gangs [as extras].”