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More women accuse socialite of rape

SHOCKING ALLEGATIONS:Prosecutors have recommended a combined sentence of 30 years in prison for socialite Justin Lee, who is facing multiple charges of rape

By Stacy Hsu  /  Staff Writer, with CNA

The Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday added two more women to the list of victims who were allegedly filmed while being sexually assaulted by socialite Justin Lee (李宗瑞).

Prosecutors said the women pressed charges against Lee in December last year and January this year respectively. Both women alleged that they were sexually assaulted while under the influence of alcohol and that Lee videotaped the assaults.

The prosecutors’ office in November last year charged Lee with raping 28 women and filming the acts, and subsequently indicted him on six charges of aggravated forcible rape, 12 charges of forcible rape, 10 charges of intercourse with an unconscious person and 17 charges of invasion of privacy.

Prosecutors recommended a combined sentence of 30 years in prison for all the alleged offenses.

Lee’s case is currently being tried at the Taipei District Court. He denies the charges against him.

According to a press release issued by the prosecutors’ office yesterday, one of the two new victims had been a close acquaintance of Lee’s for several years and had gone to nightclubs in Taipei’s Xinyi District (信義) with him many times.

The press release said that the alleged attack occurred in July 2011, after Lee offered to escort the woman, who was drunk at the time, to her home. Instead he allegedly took her back to his residence and sexually assaulted her.

“Lee allegedly filmed the rape with recording equipment he set up in advance without the woman’s consent and took several sexually explicit photographs of her with his mobile phone,” the prosecutors said in the press release.

The prosecutors said that the other new victim was introduced to Lee by a mutual friend in October 2009 and only occasionally met him in restaurants and nightclubs.

The woman had kept her distance from Lee, despite his advances, the prosecutors said.

However, she was allegedly taken to Lee’s home and raped after getting drunk at a karaoke party Lee had invited her and her friends to, the prosecutors said, adding that Lee took 10 photographs of the alleged sexual assaults.

Based on the new findings, the prosecutors added another charge of invasion of privacy to Lee’s case and also indicted him for a crime against sexual autonomy.

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