Huang Ching-tai alleged to have sexually harassed council staffer
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-06-26 02:15 PM
Huang Ching-tai, speaker of the Keelung City Council, is the subject of an article in the latest edition of Next Magazine which claims that the speaker reportedly groped a city council staffer during a dinner for a visiting Chinese delegation several years ago. Huang allegedly sexually harassed the female employee, a Chinese national surnamed Fang who had been hired to help with a visiting group from Shandong in China, groping her breasts and buttocks. Huang has said of the incident outlined in the magazine account that it "never happened" and added that he has instructed a lawyer to initiate a suit against the magazine.

Huang is currently out on bail after having had his bail bond raised three times in a Keelung court. He has gone back to a full schedule of duties as speaker as he seeks to drum up support from the public for a possible stab at the mayor’s race in Keelung. Meanwhile reports say that stories of corruption involving construction companies as well as articles like the Next Magazine account have cast a pall over his presence in the council, and employees around him are lying low and saying little.

The Next Magazine article said that the incident involving Fang happened three years ago, noting that Huang reportedly ‘had his hands all over her’ following several rounds of drinks at dinner. The beleaguered employee, who allegedly put up with Huang’s harassment for some while, resigned from her job shortly afterwards.

According to an unnamed City Council member the incident was reportedly brought up by former legislator He Sheng-lung during the nomination procedure for a KMT candidate for Keelung mayor.

Chief prosecutor Chou Chi-yong of the Keelung District Court points out that Huang stands accused of corruption in several cases but says he cannot comment on any of the cases because the investigation is still under way. As for the sexual harassment charges, Chou says that the alleged victim never came forward to accuse Huang, therefore authorities are unable to do anything with the case.

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