Award-winning screenwriter and author Neil Peng (馮光遠) said on Facebook that he is facing a lawsuit filed against him by Representative to the US King Pu-tsung (金溥聰), presumably in connection with comments the author made about the nature of King’s personal relationship with President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九).
In a Facebook message posted on Monday, Peng said that King has filed an aggravated libel suit against him, speculating that it was due to his long history of insinuating that King has had a sexual relationship with Ma.
“It’s time to get a team of attorneys, isn’t it?” Peng said, adding that he is currently engaged in eight lawsuits.
“Finally, a new chapter is to open in Taiwan — at long last, we are about to have a public discussion about whether President Ma Ying-jeou is a closet homosexual and how their [his and King’s] relationship, which people have speculated about for years, has affected Taiwan’s democracy,” Peng said.
In previous Facebook postings, Peng had insinuated that King and Ma have developed a “Brokeback” relationship, referring to Ang Lee’s (李安) movie about a homosexual love story, Brokeback Mountain.
Peng’s remarks drew comments such as: “No kidding, only King can say that Ma is his mazi [a derogatory word for girlfriend]” and “Taiwan is a country led by two people who are in a special sexual relationship.”
At a legislative session in December last year, King, who was attending in his capacity as representative to the US, told lawmakers he is not gay and was not in a relationship with Ma when confronted about the rumor.