TAIPEI - Sunflower Movement starlet Johanne Liou, revealed by local Chinese tabloid Next Magazine to have allegedly solicited money for sex, admitted yesterday to having worked as a high-end escort.
Liou, the "Sunflower Movement Queen," a nickname she received after being photographed during the rallies, posted a handwritten confession note on her Facebook page saying that to make ends meet, she worked as a call girl after her daughter was born.
However, Liou said she has been "washed white" for a period of time and begged the media to stop harassing her family.
The confession paralleled a suicide note, where Liou asked people not to cry at her funeral since she is "life's big loser."
"Leaving is not relief, but it is admitting defeat," said Liou. She also apologised to her parents and her daughter in the confession.
Line conversation screen captures between Liou and the woman who contacted Liou, allegedly to sell alcohol to a Hong Kong man, were also posted by Liou. The woman told Liou to "lay low for a while."
Wedding on Hold
Liou thanked her fiance, a man surnamed Chen, in the note for not even bidding her a proper goodbye. Liou was set to marry Chen in April, but since the article exposing her by Next Magazine, Chen has disappeared.
Liou divulged that she had an abortion during the Sunflower Movement protest and thanked Chen's mother for "hating that she went to the student movement."
Liou's mother, a neighborhood chief in Zhonghe, and her family have not taken the news well. When approached by media, Liou's brother said that the scandal has "nothing to do with him."
Liou's brother said his only request is that the media does not disturb his parents. He refused to answer whether the family has severed ties with Liou.