Taiwanese playboy and socialite Justin Lee was sentenced by the Taiwanese High Court on Tuesday to 79 years and seven months in prison for raping and secretly filming 20 different women.
He will only serve 30 years, as it is the longest length possible for a fixed-term imprisonment under Taiwanese law. He has also been ordered to pay NT$27.45 million in compensation to victims.
Lee, the son of former Yuanta CEO Lee Yueh-tsang, is on the receiving end of one of the most severe punishments for such crimes issued by the Taiwanese court in recent years, South China Morning Post reports.
”The defendant was found guilty of multiple sexual assaults and filming sex tapes without consent from others,” the court announced during Lee’s second trial.
Lee has been detained since August 2012 and was originally sentenced to 18 years and six months in prison by the Taipei district court.
The court said that punishment was less severe in the first trial because Lee had denied charges against him, claiming that the women gave their consent to have sex with him and to be filmed. The judge believed he was lying and gave him a harsher sentence in the second trial, according to the China Post.
Both Lee’s family and his lawyer believe the new sentence to be overly harsh, and Lee has already vowed to appeal his conviction, according to AFP.
“Mr Lee denied the charges of drugging and raping the women,” Lee’s lawyer Leo Tzou told AFP. “We regret that the court did not take into account some of the evidence more favourable for him and the sentencing was much more heavier than we had expected.”
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