TAIPEI: Acclaimed Taiwanese director Doze Niu has been accused of sexually assaulting a female crew member working on his latest film, “Pao Ma”.
The alleged assault happened following a meeting at Niu’s home in Taipei when other guests had left, according to Taiwan’s United Daily News.
A friend accompanied the woman to a hospital after the alleged assault in November and a police report was filed on Wednesday (Dec 5).
Niu, who appeared at a Taipei police station for questioning on Friday, said he would cooperate with the investigation.
Speaking to reporters in front of the police station, Niu said: “I have faith and hope that there will be a fair trial.
“But there is another public trial going on now and I have already been handed a death sentence.”
Before taking a deep bow in front of the cameras, he added: “Doze Niu is dead.”
Known for Taiwanese blockbusters, child-actor turn director Niu became famous when “Monga” won two Golden Horse Awards in 2010 and took TW$59.32 million (US$1.85 million) at the box office on its opening week, ranking higher than Avatar on the box-office charts.
Taiwan has a vibrant film industry and hosts the Golden Horse Awards – dubbed the Chinese language Oscars – but the #MeToo movement, sparked by bombshell sexual assault claims against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, has made little impact.
Niu previously hit the headlines in 2014, when he was fined and handed a suspended sentence for taking a Chinese cinematographer onto a naval base in Taiwan without authorisation to scout film locations for his movie “Paradise in Service”.
Taiwan has a ban on Chinese nationals from entering military facilities.