Aide sorry for kicking pregnant woman
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- An assistant to a Taipei city councilor yesterday apologized to the public after video footage released by local media yesterday showed him kicking a pregnant woman during the Lunar New Year holiday.
February 23, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
Chen Yu-hsiang (陳宥祥), assistant to opposition Democratic Progressive Party councilor Yen Sheng-kuan (顏聖冠), made the apology during a press conference held yesterday in Taipei
Chen admitted to kicking the pregnant woman, surnamed Wu, and his younger brother on Feb. 15. He, however, stressed that he assaulted the pair under the influence of alcohol and he was too drunk to remember the majority of events.
Chen said he already apologized to Wu, who was four months pregnant at the time of the incident, and her family on Thursday night.
Local media reported that the Wu's have accepted his apology and will not sue him over the incident.
Chen added that he has already tendered his resignation to Yen, but noted that the resignation had been made in early Feb., before the incident occurred.
During the press conference, Yen apologized to the Wu's and to the public over negligence in supervising her assistant.
The incident reportedly occurred around 10 p.m. on Feb. 15 in a small alley in Wanhua District's Guangzhou Street (廣州街).
Wu was sitting on a scooter rode by her brother as they tried to move forward in the small alley. The scooter was blocked by Chen and his friend. Both appeared to be drunk, according to the video footage released by local media yesterday.
The footage was taken by a CCTV camera inside the alley.
The Wu's asked Chen and his friend to make way by sounding the horn, a move that apparently angered Chen who, as appeared in the video footage, later attacked the two.
Chen kicked Wu several times.
He ceased his assault when Wu called for help from nearby shop owners, video footage showed.