Justin Lee was no Don Juan but just a thug

Justin Lee was no Don Juan but just a thug

He may have bedded scores of women, but 28-year-old Justin Lee was no Don Juan.

The socialite, sentenced to more than 22 years' jail last week for having non-consensual sex with nine women and filming 15 women having sex with him, was a thuggish opportunist who used alcohol rather than charm to hook his prey, before spiriting the women to his apartment and forcing himself on them.

He even taunted one of them with the videos he had taken of her in compromising positions, and threatened another with bodily harm when she exposed him.

"I'll make you die a horrible death," he told her. "Taipei is only so big; you'd better watch out."

These details were revealed in the verdict that followed a closed-door, seven-month trial of the man labelled a "sex depraved rich kid" by the media. His victims, according to a 19-page condensed version of the verdict released by the Taipei District Court, included not just women he picked up at nightspots but also his own friends, girlfriends and even friends of his girlfriends.

There are so many victims that the court used up almost all 22 characters of the Chinese sexagenary cycle, commonly used here like the alphabet, as their pseudonyms in the document. In one of the numerous incidents cited by the court, Lee saw a chance to lay his hands on a long-time friend, identified by the character "Wei", during a night out at the Spark disco in the basement of the Taipei 101 skyscraper.

After Wei became drunk and said she was going home, Lee said he would escort her back. Instead, he took her back to his luxury apartment, a five-minute car ride away. He then undressed and had sex with her. He also forced her to perform oral sex on him.

Wei came to the next morning and was shocked to find herself lying undressed beside Lee in bed. She quickly left his apartment on her own. But that afternoon, Lee used the text messaging software WhatsApp to send her two clips of herself, naked, which he had recorded on his iPhone the night before. A distressed and scared Wei went to the Spark nightclub again that night and demanded that Lee give her his phone, from which she then deleted the two clips. "But the defendant had already copied and saved the clips (on) his computer," the court said.

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