Prostitution rumors are currently scandalizing the Taiwanese celebrity world and at the center of all the gossip is Taiwan’s superstar model and actress Lin Chi-ling, who has furiously denied any involvement.
Earlier this week, Next Magazine sparked a nationwide guessing game when they published the initials of some stars allegedly involved in an international prostitution ring that is currently being investigated by Taiwanese and American police. The initials were rumored to include four A-list celebrities who charge NT$2 million ($60,000) or more for sexual services.
One of those big four initials mentioned was a certain “Miss L,” who was described as a top model with numerous commercials and movies to her credit. Many netizens and media outlets alike seem to have jumped to the conclusion that “Miss L” was none other than Lin Chi-ling, who has acted in blockbusters like “Red Cliff” and “Monk Comes Down the Mountain.”
According to The Straits Times, the ring was allegedly run by Tai Chun-yi, who procured starlets as travel companions for wealthy businessmen from China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia and the U.S.
Next Magazine interviewed two women who worked for Tai. They said that their madam had often bragged about causing Lin’s rise to super-stardom by arranging business dinners with well-connected clients.
Lin has since threatened to sue Next Magazine and released a statement denying all the allegations, via Yahoo Singapore:
The reports are based on hearsay evidence and aimless speculations, and it is a serious blow to a person’s dignity. We will not hesitate to take legal action against those involved in writing these inaccurate reports for damaging Lin’s good name.
My conscience is clear, and I hope not to see any report linking me to it again. I will not allow it.
Lin threatened the media to stop its baseless speculation and emphasized that she is not familiar with Tai.
This isn’t the first time that Lin has had to face allegations of prostitution. Back in 2011, Chinese gossip sites were abuzz with speculation that a number of high-profile actresses, including Lin, were being pimped out as expensive prostitutes by their modelling agencies.
The very next year she found out that she was the model for “the most popular sex doll in China.”
“Thank you for all your support, but please remember it’s not the real me!” she responded after learning about the dubious distinction.