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Lien Jr. visited Playboy Mansion: lawyer

Kuomintang Taipei Mayor hopeful Sean Lien (連勝文) visited the Playboy Mansion when he was studying in the United States, revealed lawyer Song Yao-ming (宋耀明) in court yesterday.

Song was asked to testify as a witness by the Taipei District Court's Civil Affairs Court yesterday, after Lien sued media personality Clara Chou (周玉蔻) for NT$5 million worth. Lien and Chou have been suing each other for several years, Chou's latest reason is that Lien was involved in insider trading.

According to the lawyer, who once defended President Ma Ying-jeou in court, Lien was his classmate when they were studying for their master's degrees in the U.S.

The KMT favorite could afford to stay in the Trump Building when studying in the U.S., said Song, who noted his surprise over the fact. "Lien has also told me that he once visited Playboy Magazine founder Hugh Hefner's home — the Playboy Mansion — during his stay in the U.S.," Song was reported as saying.

However, the lawyer claimed yesterday that he was not on overly friendly terms with Lien, and that the mayoral hopeful was one of his four Taiwanese classmates in law school. "I am not sure whether Lien attended a Playboy bunny party, and I never asked for details," Song added.

Lien's spokesman Chien Chen-yu (錢震宇) stated that Lien has a clean record and that there is be no reason for him to face inquiry. "Lien and Song are not familiar with each other; Song even said he does not have the details — how can people believe this? The (rumors) were a serious accusation," said Chien.

Lien's office released a statement, calling for Song to elaborate further on his testimony. "When did Lien inform him of this occurrence, and does he have any evidence?" demanded Chien.

Song Summoned on Chou's Request

Song was summoned to testify after Chou filed a request hoping that Song's testimony would support her claims.

The lawyer noted that he once brought up Lien's experiences to a close friend in the media, and Chou later called him to verify whether the "stories" were true. "If I denied, it would mean that I was spreading rumors about Lien behind his back, so I told Chou about our studies in the U.S.," said Song.

"Lien once invited me to the Trump Building, and I thought it was a fancy place to live in. He also told me that a Taiwanese friend brought him to the Playboy Mansion when he went to California ... and I thought, if it weren't for his background, who would be buttering him up?" Song recalled.

Lien Hopes for Orange Support

Aside from the remarks made by his spokesman, Lien did not make further comment regarding Song's supposed testimony; the KMT candidate was seen spending his time gearing up for the elections.

"My family and I have not forgotten the help others have given us, and I feel that there is no misunderstanding between us and the People First Party (PFP) ... I hope the pan-orange camps will support us in the upcoming elections," said Lien.

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