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Supreme Court upholds film director's 4-year sentence for rape

Taipei, Sept. 29 (CNA) Film director Doze Niu (鈕承澤) was sentenced to four years in prison for rape after his appeal was rejected by the Supreme Court on Wednesday. The ruling is final.




The case came about when a female crew member on a movie Niu, 55, was directing in 2018 accused him of raping her after a party at his home in November 2018.

Niu met the woman while shooting the film "Horse Running" in October 2018.

On Nov. 23 that year, Niu invited members of the film crew to his home for a gathering. The woman accused him of raping her after midnight when everyone else had left.

Shortly thereafter she filed a complaint against Niu.

Taipei prosecutors in February 2019 charged Niu with rape, after tests matched his DNA with samples taken from the female staffer's chest.

In April 2020, Niu was convicted of rape and sentenced to four years in prison in a ruling by Taipei District Court.

Niu subsequently appealed the ruling, claiming that he believed the female staffer was interested in him and may have misinterpreted her "feelings" toward him.

However, the Taiwan High Court court ruled against Niu, accepting evidence presented as proving Niu committed the crime of forced sexual intercourse.

The High Court upheld the district court's ruling, determining that Niu violated the victim's right to sexual autonomy and human dignity.

Niu then filed a final appeal against the sentence which was rejected by the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

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