Ex-President Lee's aide apologises amid alleged scandal

Ex-President Lee's aide apologises amid alleged scandal
This photo taken 26 February 2005 shows Former Taiwan president Lee Teng-hui speaking at a pro-independence meeting in Taipei.

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Wang Yan-chun, office director for former President Lee Teng-hui, apologized to his boss and to one of the three women involved in an alleged love scandal exposed by a local magazine yesterday.

Next Magazine reported yesterday that Wang was found to be romantically involved with three women - former Taipei Financial Center Corp. Chairwoman Diana Chen, news anchor Lu Chia-ying and a woman surnamed Wang, whom the magazine identified as the chairwoman of a construction company. Citing information provided by an unnamed informant and photos taken by the magazine's paparazzi, the magazine alleged that Wang had intimate interactions with the three over two weeks.

Without confirming or denying the magazine's allegations, Wang said in a statement yesterday that he has caused trouble with his imprudent actions. He apologized to Lu and her family but did not mention the other two women.

The Central News Agency (CNA) said that Wang denied the allegations in a telephone interview.

The magazine reported that Wang visited a motel with Lu, who is married with two children. The Apply Daily, a local newspaper's parent company by the Next Media, which also owns the Next Magazine, said on its website yesterday that Lu denied having an affair with Wang. Lu explained that she and Wang visited the motel to meet a friend to discuss a book the friend is writing. There were four persons inside the motel room, she said.

Lee Won't Punish Wang: Report

Wang apologized to former President Lee, who advised him to be more careful with his words and actions, according to Wang's statement.

CNA cited sources close to Lee as saying that the former president has no intention of punishing Wang for the alleged love scandal.

Wang and Diana Chen, who is now head of E United Group's Taipei office, admitted to be in a relationship in an interview with the magazine Want Weekly. According to the China Times, a local daily owned by Want Weekly's parent company Want Want Times, the two contacted Want Weekly to preempt the imminent publication of Next Magazine's love scandal report.

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