TAIPEI (AFP) – Prominent Taiwanese director Doze Niu was sentenced to four years in prison on Tuesday (April 14) for sexually assaulting a female crew member working on a film he was making.
Niu, 53, was convicted of assaulting the woman in November 2018 after guests left a gathering at his home, Taipei's district court said in a statement.
A friend accompanied the woman to hospital after the attack and also to file a police report.
The court said the woman – identified only as "A" – had clearly declined Niu's advances.
Niu also "took advantage of his position as a director to speak to the media, to make it look like he and A had feelings for each other", the court found, adding that the defendant had also shown a "lack of remorse".
Niu, known for Taiwanese blockbusters Monga and Love, denied the allegations, claiming that he "made a mistake but didn't commit a crime".
He has yet to comment on the ruling, which he can appeal, and remains free for now.
When the allegations first surfaced Niu told reporters he hoped for a fair hearing but feared public sentiment had made up its mind.
"There is another public trial going on now and I have already been handed a death sentence," he said.
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