TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taipei District Court yesterday sentenced Justin Lee to 18 years and six months imprisonment for sexually assaulting nine women, and another three years and 10 months in prison for filming 15 women without their consent.
The court said the second term can be commuted to a fine at a daily rate of NT$1,000 (S$43).
The Taipei District Court yesterday morning issued the verdict in Lee's criminal and civil cases.
The prison sentences are in regard to Lee's criminal cases; the court at the same time ruled on the civil suits, ordering that Lee must pay NT$14.25 million in compensation to 12 victims.
Prosecutors claimed that between 2009 and 2012 Lee filmed himself raping 34 women after spiking their drinks. Lee denied all charges.
Among the 34 plaintiffs, the Taipei District Court deemed that Lee sexually assaulted nine of them and filmed 15. Some victims were both sexually assaulted and filmed.
The court said that based on the video recordings of the assaults, and the result of the plaintiffs' medical examinations, there was insufficient evidence to prove that Lee had drugged and then raped the women.
The court noted that two of the plaintiffs decided to reconcile with Lee and drop the lawsuits.