Prosecutors look into Justin Lee’s circle of friends

By Hou Po-ching and Lin Chun-hung  /  Staff reporters

Thu, Aug 23, 2012 - Page 4

In a bid to locate fugitive socialite Justin Lee (李宗瑞), who is wanted for allegedly drugging and raping a woman and secretly filming bedroom trysts with a number of women, prosecutors yesterday said they were questioning people associated with the nation’s entertainment circles.

Prosecutors decided to question entertainment industry socialites after learning that Lee was acquainted with entertainers such as actors Sunny Wang (王陽明) and Jacky Chu (祝釩剛), as well as TV host Little S’ (小S) husband, Mike Xu (許雅鈞).

The latest issue of Next Magazine carried a photo dated July 19 showing Wang, among others, meeting with Lee.

The photo contradicted comments Wang made to the press that he had not met with Lee for two years.

The agency representing Wang released a statement in response, saying the July 19 photo was of an accidental encounter between the two on that evening.

The statement quoted Wang as calling on Lee to turn himself in. Wang added in the statement that he was to assist the investigation should prosecutors need it.

On Aug. 1, prosecutors issued a wanted notice for Lee.

Prosecutors began pursuing the case in July last year, when twin sisters accused Lee of drugging and raping the elder sister, and filming the entire process.

The case recently attracted widespread media attention when investigators revealed that there could be more than 40 victims, reportedly involving showbiz performers, models and A-list actresses.

The scandal sparked a media frenzy because Lee is a well-known socialite. He was often seen coming and going from fashion-industry parties and nightclubs.