Taiwanese singer-songwriter David Tao Zee's year got off to an inauspicious start after he was accused of attacking a girl as he was leaving a New Year party. Tao, who had a previous brush with the law when a taxi driver took him to the police station because he was too drunk to remember where he lived, held a press conference to set the record straight. The singer (below) said he had been so drunk at the party that he had asked a friend to take him home, which is when he claimed the incident occurred. 'As we got into the lift, I felt something smack my neck, so I turned around and behind me was a girl in a cap, holding a magazine. 'Her hat was covering her face and, as I was drunk at the time, I reacted excessively and tried to take her cap off to check who she was,' Tao said. The girl claimed to be the younger sister of Tao's ex-girlfriend and reported to police that she suffered injuries during the encounter. Tao admitted he argued with the girl but denied deliberately hitting her. 'I think I may have hit her face or ears as I was trying to take her cap off.' Tao said he had apologised to the girl and she agreed to drop the charges. But he declined to clarify whether she was related to his ex-girlfriend, saying only: 'I do know her elder sister and we are good friends.'