Weng Li-you’s popularity rises despite sexual harassment allegations

The photo collage shows Weng Li-you (right) and Ili Cheng (left). (NOWnews/ Weng Li-you Facebook)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Taiwanese singer Weng Li-you (翁立友) is ready to get back on stage despite the recent accusations of sexual harassment.

According to various reports, the popularity of the 45-year-old veteran singer has increased dramatically since the scandal broke out in February.

The singer has racked up NT$3.5 million (US$125,980) in ten performances over the past few weeks, Chinese-language media reported.

Social media influencer Ili Cheng (鄭家純), also known as the “chicken cutlet girl” (雞排妹) on Feb. 3 accused Weng and the chairman of a game company of sexual harassment.

Weng has kept silent at first but he later held a press conference to clear his name on Feb. 5.

Weng has kept silent for a period of time after he cleared his name in a press conference on Feb. 5. (NOWnews)

Local media estimate that the popular singer held ten performances for more than NT$3.5 million (US$125,910) in income.

In response to the rising popularity, a representative of the singer said: “The number of performances is correct. As for the price (of each show), there won’t be any comments.”