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TV personality files restraining order amid marital trouble

By Wu Yue-hsiu and Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Popular TV personality Belle Yu (于美人) has filed for a restraining order against her husband after he allegedly threatened violence against Yu’s mother.

The news came as a shock to many fans as Yu had always maintained an aura of success in both her professional and personal lives.

According to a police report, Yu’s mother got embroiled in a quarrel with Yu’s husband, James Wang, on Friday, adding that after a verbal altercation, Wang allegedly threatened to kick Yu’s mother out of the house. Following this, Yu’s mother became frightened and called the police.

The report indicated that Wang had left the house prior to the arrival of the police.

Police said Yu’s mother was in a state of distress and that due to her advanced years, they took her to Songshan Police Precinct to ensure her safety and allow her to get some rest.

After rushing to the police precinct, Yu started to cry and said: “I have allowed my mother to be threatened, I am an unfilial daughter,” police said.

Yu subsequently filed for a restraining order against her husband, claiming Wang had threatened physical violence against her mother.

Yu held a press conference on Saturday, acknowledging she and her husband had been having marital difficulties for about five years, and that they fought over financial matters.

Yu claimed Wang frequently verbally abused her mother and alleged that Wang had ridiculed her career as a television show host and entertainer by spreading rumors that she “slept her way to the top.”

In response to media queries on the future of her marriage, Yu remained silent, before eventually saying: “Please give me more time. I will be patient and tolerant in handling my marriage.”

According to media reports, Wang was angered by Yu’s mother, who allegedly angered him by repeatedly saying that Yu covered all the family’s expenses and implying that he was dependent on his wife’s earnings.

In a statement released on Saturday evening, Wang denied that he had ever resorted to physical abuse, adding that he had recorded the incident on Friday and would publicize it if needed.

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