Investigation launched into sexual harassment complaint

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Taipei City Government has launched an investigation into a sexual harassment complaint against city consultant Liu Chia-jen (劉嘉仁), Deputy Mayor Vivian Huang (黃珊珊) said on Friday.

Speaking at a press briefing, she said that a special team was established to conduct an investigation. Taipei Department of Labor Commissioner Lai Hsiang-lin (賴香伶) added that the preliminary results will be released within a month.

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) confirmed a day earlier that the government received several complaints regarding Liu’s alleged sexual harassment of Taipei City deputy spokeswoman Huang Ching-ying (黃瀞瑩).

Speaking at the Taipei City Council, Ko promised to establish a special investigation team to clarify the issue.

Liu allegedly invited Huang to his office with the pretext of “discussing the schedule,” before he closed the door, resulting in Huang feeling sexually harassed, according to various sources.

Liu denied the accusation at Taipei City Council on Thursday. He said that he had contacted Huang only for work purposes, adding that the allegation would only put pressure on his wife and children.

Huang briefly attended the press briefing on Friday, but she declined to make further comments as the case was now under investigation.

By Carol Kan