By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Talk show host Clara Chou was found guilty of defamation
Friday and ordered to pay tycoon Terry Gou NT$2 million (US$61,000).
The dispute has its origin in last year’s mayoral campaign in Taipei City. After the election, Chou alleged that Gou was the businessman alleged to have given NT$300 million (US$9.2 million) in illegal donations to the losing candidate, Sean Lien of the Kuomintang.
The Taipei District Court found her guilty because she never bothered to verify the claims with Gou himself. In addition to the fine, the court also ruled she should publish apologies on the front page of seven major newspapers and on a Chinese-language web site. Appeals are still possible. The Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. chairman had demanded NT$10 million (US$306,000) in compensation. [FULL STORY]