Reportedly missing for seven days, veteran TV variety show host Peng Chia-chia (
Peng said that since August last year he has been blackmailed six times because of the five-minute clip of him masturbating. Peng claimed he didn't remember how the footage came to be shot as he was under the influence of the medicine flunitrazepan which he took for an undisclosed psychological condition. He requested his pay in advance from his employers SET-TV station (三立電視台) to pay the blackmailers. And to avoid raising his wife's suspicion he borrowed money from loan-sharks. Peng refused to divulge the exact figure he owed, but it was estimated to be around NT$50 million.
Suffering from depression, and the target of blackmailers Peng said he was willing to cooperate with a police investigation, but claimed he had destroyed all the evidence. However, tongues are wagging with questions lingering as to why the entertainer borrowed such a huge amount of money over footage of a sexual act that the majority of men engage in regularly.
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The onscreen and offscreen romance between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie while shooting Mr. and Mrs. Smith has been copied Chinese style. Shu Qi (
Zhang Ziyi (
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