Director charged with raping drunk woman
By Annie Yang, Special to The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taipei District Prosecutors Office has charged Taiwanese director Chang Tso-chi (張作驥) with sexual assault amid claims that he raped a playwright, surnamed Lin.
August 27, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
According to Lin, she held a dinner party at Chang's studio in Taipei's Wenshan District on May 13 after being invited to do so by the director. Lin said she fell asleep after drinking too much.
Prosecutors claim that Chang intended to have sex with Lin after all other guests departed at around 2 a.m. Having realized that he was alone with Lin and that she was unconscious, Chang allegedly began kissing her and started to take off her clothes.
Lin regained consciousness as Chang took off her pants and began to struggle, according to the indictment, but Chang overpowered Lin and proceeded to rape her.
When summoned over the allegations, Chang denied raping Lin and claimed that he could not remember anything. Police, however, have reported finding semen collected from the victim's underwear and genitals that match Chang's DNA.
“Before anything is verified I have no comments on this,” Chang said.
“I hope the media can patiently wait for the truth to come out. I am ready to offer explanations if information is required to help clarify the case,” Chang stated in May through his friend.
Chang was born in Chiayi in 1961 and graduated from the Departments of Theatre Arts at Chinese Culture University.
The well-known director has been not only awarded numerous domestic prizes, including the National Award for the Arts in 2011, but also internationally recognized in various abroad film festivals such as Thessaloniki International Film Festival and Asia Pacific Film Festival. His works deal with Taiwanese living on the margins of society through realistic approaches.