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Makiyo, friend reach settlement of NT$3 million with taxi driver

TAIPEI--Actress Makiyo and her friend Takateru Tomoyori have reached an out-of-court settlement with a taxi driver whom they allegedly beat up last month, it was announced in court yesterday.

Makiyo and Tomoyori were charged with attempting to cause serious physical injury to a taxi driver, surnamed Lin, on Feb. 2.

At a Taipei District Court hearing, however, both parties told the court that they had reached a settlement of NT$3 million (US$101,521) with the cab driver and will complete the deal by the next hearing on April 5.

Makiyo and Tomoyori attended the hearing with their respective lawyers, while Lin was represented by his attorney Chou Wu-jung.

Chou said Lin and his wife chose to forgive Makiyo and Tomoyori because they felt that Makiyo's mother, who also attended yesterday's hearing, has been sincere in wanting to resolve the matter.

Lin's family also hopes the matter can be closed as soon as possible, Chou said.

Meanwhile, Makiyo's lawyer said the actress will face her problems and ask the public's forgiveness for the incident.

Outside the court, Tomoyori, who is from Japan, apologized to the Taiwanese society and said he hopes Lin will recover soon.

Tomoyori and Makiyo will share the payment in equal amounts, according to one of his friends.

In the indictment, prosecutors had asked for a prison term of six years for Tomoyori and four years for Makiyo.

In light of the settlement, however, prosecutors suggested lighter sentences with probation.

March 16, 2012    Upwell@
For this criminal act these perpetrators did two wrongs. One against their victim and the other, against society and the rule of law. Much as a monetary settlement is at hand this should not lessen their culpability. Compensation should be forthcoming as of right. Lest it appears that criminals can use their wealth to lessen their guilt and ther debt to society for their wrongdoings particularly when serious physical harms were done, the prosecutor should still pursue the maximum penalty available. This is not a case where the two punks admitted guilt from day one. They are only submitting to the rule of law because they were caught with undisputable evidence in the form of the video recording. Had they been successful in getting away with it, they would have laughed at their dirty works without remorse. Their so called show of remorse is questionable given their attempts to evade responsibility. Follow the old time saying. Do the crime, pay the time.
March 16, 2012    miller.henry641@
Hey Taiwan...This is why the world still looks at YOU as a 3rd world country.

DISGUSTING...just disgusting.

I doubt this comment will be allowed to remain.
March 19, 2012    johnny.brian@
Welcome to Taiwan as money can buy justice. It shows a toothless judicial system of Taiwan. Next news is the ex-President Chen Shiu Bian is freed....
March 19, 2012    edrulyn@
Most judges here in the PHILIPPINES can be bribed. It's really more fun here in Taiwan and in the PHILIPPINES. Here money talks.
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Actress Makiyo, second right, leaves the Taipei District Court in the company of her lawyer after she and friend Takateru Tomoyori reached a settlement yesterday with a taxi driver ...

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