Accusations leveled by a 40-year-old man surnamed Chiu (邱) against his Vietnamese wife, surnamed Ting (丁), based on an alleged similarity between Ting and a porn actress were rejected by the Taoyuan District Prosecutors’ Office on Thursday.
According to the office’s investigation, Chiu married his wife in 2003, when she was 18, and had a daughter with her, but the couple had often fought over accusations of infidelity.
In May and June 2011, Ting returned to Vietnam to take care of her mother, but upon her return to Taiwan, Chiu beat her and accused her of committing adultery while in Vietnam, according to the records.
Ting filed a restraining order against Chiu and left their home, the investigation said.
As evidence of his wife’s adultery, Chiu provided the office with links to several videos on pornographic Web sites both in Taiwan and abroad and said that the actress in the videos looked and sounded exactly similar to Ting.
Chiu also cited comments from family and friends, who agreed with Chiu, the report said, adding that Chiu also said he suspected Ting of making the films in 2011 because the videos were apparently filmed in Vietnam.
During the investigation, the prosecutors’ office employed NEC NeoFace software for facial recognition comparison, using the video clips that Chiu provided and four photographs of Ting.
The software detected only a 0.141 percent similarity between the woman in the videos and the photographs of Ting, with strong differences in hair style, eyebrows, eyes, nose, ears and mouth shapes, the office said, adding that the computer software had judged that the woman in the clips was not the same person as the person in the photographs.
The case was closed and Ting would not be charged with adultery, the office said.
The facial recognition software is used in airports to identify passengers, though authorities said that while photographic files of Taiwanese individuals were kept for reference, they are not used for facial recognition, but foreigners are photographed and give fingerprints that are kept in the database when visiting.
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