Prosecutors on Wednesday issued a wanted notice for socialite Justin Lee (李宗瑞) for allegedly raping a woman and filming bedroom trysts with many showbiz performers, models and A-list film actresses, allegedly against their will or without their knowledge.
The case was first opened in July last year, when twin sisters said that the elder sister had been drugged and raped by Lee, who allegedly also filmed the entire process.
According to the alleged victim, Lee’s most common method for raping women was to drink a woman under the table, then offer to drive her home. After the woman got into his car, he would drive her back to his house in Taipei’s upscale Xinyi District (信義) and give them a glass of water that was drugged, she said.
Lee would then rape the woman and film the entire process and after the woman woke up, he would play innocent and say the woman raped him, the alleged victim said.
Lee, son of Yuanta Financial Holding Co board member Lee Yueh-tsang (李岳蒼), is well known because of his rich family and is often seen coming and going from fashion-industry parties and nightclubs. According to people who know Justin Lee, his lavish spending habits and smooth tongue guarantees that he is never seen without women, though he seems to favor models, with Maggie Wu (吳亞馨), Ruru Lin (林葦茹) and Gina Lin (林利霏) reported to be ex-girlfriends.
Friends of Justin Lee’s were reported by local media as saying that they thought he simply liked to show off his affluence and to party, and did not think he was someone who would rape women and record it on film.
After the case was first reported, police summoned Justin Lee for questioning, but he was released because of what they said was insufficient evidence. However, police later discovered on the hard-drive of his computer — which had been confiscated as evidence — multiple videos of him having sex with women.
The Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office on Wednesday issued a wanted notice for Justin Lee after discovering that he had vacated his original residence and could not be contacted. The prosecutors said they had also begun calling in those in the videos for questioning.
When reached for comments on the rumors the media have reported on the case, Yuanta spokesperson Chuan Yu-de (莊有德) on Wednesday said: “[Justin] Lee is not a member of the company and we have nothing to say on the matter.”
Wu, Ruru Lin and Gina Lin have all issued statements through their agencies that they were not involved, did not know Justin Lee or had not been in touch with him for a long time.
The models’ agencies said they hoped the media would base their reports on facts, not rumors.