A Shenzhen man accused of sexually harrassing a male waiter in Taiwan allegedly spent NT$180,000 (HK$47,000) earlier this week to buy his way out of trouble.
The accused man, identified by Taiwanese media on Tuesday as Li Pingshan, deputy secretary for Guangdong city’s Longgang district, reached a settlement with the victim outside of court and managed to thwart a three-year suspended jail sentence, the Southern Metropolis Daily reported on Wednesday.
According to the report, Li was attending a banquet on Sunday at the Grand Hotel in Taipei as part of a business delegation. During the banquet, he had shouted obscenities at the interning waiter and "attempted to molest" him in the toilet, it was claimed. Li was said to have been drinking heavily.
The Longgang district office neither confirmed nor denied the allegations but acknowledged Li was an official working for them. A statement released on their official Sina Weibo account on Tuesday said they were calling on “the relevant parties” to return and provide an explanation.
“A clear understanding of the situation is needed before appropriate action can be taken,” the post said.
Li himself could not be reached for comment, the report said.