Closure on Taiwanese socialite Justin Lee’s (李宗瑞) drug rape case, finally came in the form of a guilty verdict on October 19. Justin was sentenced to 14 years in prison, after he admitted to purchasing date rape drugs online, which he purportedly also used on his own stepmother!
The woman Justin’s father dated last year, who is now Justin’s stepmother, is also reportedly one of his drug-facilitated rape victims. According to Hong Kong news reports, Justin’s stepmother did not appear as a witness in court, but she helped the prosecutor in recovering physical evidence, which assisted in unraveling the case.
In the case, the crucial argument is whether Justin had planted drugs in the women’s drinks before engaging in sexual activities with them. Thirteen women pressed charges against Justin for drug rape and the unauthorized filming of the sexual activities. Based on the video evidence, the drugs recovered from Justin’s residence, and the victims’ testimonies, it clearly pointed to drug rape.
Justin Lee Admits Purchasing Date Rape Drugs Online
Throughout the trial, Justin’s defense was that the women in the video tapes had engaged in consensual sex with him. Faced with the witnesses’ testimonies and the mounting evidence–including retrieved samples of the date rape drugs found as his residence–Justin finally admitted the drugs were purchased online.
It was reported that Justin has videotaped 93 videos of his sexual activities with a total of 50 women, in which some of the women were taped taped on more than one occasion. Although the police were able to identify some of the victims, only 13 of them decided to press charges. The District Prosecutors’ Office urged more victims to come forward, if the video was shot without their knowledge or if they believe they were drugged.
Justin Lee Had a Fetish for Long Hair
Justin had raped several young models. His plan of action was usually getting the victim drunk at the bar, and then taking her home. If the victim was not drunk enough, he would create excuses to invite the woman to his place.
After slipping the drugs into water or liquor, they were tasteless, odorless, and colorless. Justin will then wait for the sexual assault opportunity.
Many of the victims were unconscious while being raped. Some women will wake up intermittently during the rape, and under the influence of alcohol and drugs, would slip back into unconsciousness. The process was captured in Justin’s video camera, in which he showed the footage to his friends.
The Origins of Justin Lee’s Drug Rape Case
In July 2011, two sisters filed a complaint against Justin Lee for drug rape and unauthorized video recording of the sexual assault. Justin denied the women’s claims and counter-filed charges in return, insisting that the women had consensual sex with him. After further investigation, the police unearthed Justin’s pornographic collection with close to 50 celebrities and models in them.
Many actions were extremely explicit, and most videos were shot without the knowledge of the victims. Justin also categorized the videos based on the themes and methodically filed them in different folders. The victims’ names were used for the movie files.
After a year of investigation, the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office issued a warrant for Justin’s arrest in August 2012. After playing fugitive for 23 days, Justin surrendered himself at the police station on August 23. Based on his hiding from the police and the severity of the crime, the District Attorney convinced the judge to deny bail.
After a well publicized trial, the Justin Lee drug rape case finally concluded with a guilty verdict. Initially denying of the crime, Lee finally admitted he bought the date drugs online. Justin Lee was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
TV News Coverage on Justin Lee’s Case
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This article is written by Lance for JayneStars.com.
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