Facing the music: A file photo showing Chang at the 47th Golden Horse Film Awards in Taoyuan, Taiwan. - Reuters
WELL-KNOWN director Chang Tso-chi was sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison for a sexual offence against his screenwriter co-worker in May last year.
The judgment was issued by the Taipei District Court, but the verdict can still be appealed. The victim, surnamed Lin, said she was relieved by the court’s judgment but had hoped for a heavier penalty.
According to Lin, she and Chang along with a few friends had met up for a gathering in May last year. They later went to Chang’s home to continue talking. The guests went home one by one except for Lin, who was drunk and stayed at Chang’s place.
Lin said that Chang took advantage of her while she was under the influence of alcohol. Parts of her body were bitten and injured, and she was forced to perform oral sex and intercourse.
The court obtained evidence against Chang. Semen collected from the victim’s body matches Chang’s DNA. Investigators also listened to the screenwriter’s claims and prosecuted Chang in August last year.
Chang, a National Culture and Arts Foundation award winner, said he was under the influence of alcohol and could not remember exactly what happened on the day and claimed his back injury prevented him from engaging in sexual intercourse.
He admitted to the offence only after the release of the DNA report.
Through a written statement, Chang expressed his regret over the verdict and argued that the court failed to accept evidence submitted by him and was therefore unable to grasp the whole truth.
Chang said he could not accept the court’s decision and would consult with his lawyers about his next course of action.
Chang said the incident had caused great harm to him, his friends and family, but he expressed appreciation to those who had been supportive. — The China Post / Asia News Network