Chu is a Taiwan, Republic of China politican whose sex acts were recorded on video without her knowledge, around September 2001. Chu were betrayed by her roommate, who set up hidden cameras in her bedroom. After the scandal broke out, the video spread throughout Taiwan, via CD copying or the Internet, despite the government's efforts to crack down.
Chu Mei-Feng is a young and beautiful female politican. She started as a news reporter and became well-known with one in-depth report on Taipei's gay population (using hidden cameras). With her visibility she entered politics, first elected to the Taipei City legislature. She was effectively representing Taipei citizens and enjoyed high approval rates and support. She became the girlfriend of the mayor of Hsinchu City, who brought her into the Hsinchu City government as the head of the Culture Bureau. The Hsinchu mayor gave her a house in a high-class, highly-secure, gated neighborhood outside Taipei. However, after one year their relationship cooled, and Chu became depressed (but still lived alone in the house). She needed friends and one woman who claimed to be a "spirital advisor" befriended Chu. Soon they became best friends and this "advisor" moved into Chu's house. Chu gave her full access to the house and her bank accounts.
After a period of time, however, the relation between Chu and her roommate went south. The roommate had withdrawn money from accounts without Chu's approval, and they argued over this. Some reports indicate Chu's roommate had fallen in love with the Hsinchu Mayor (unverified) and there seemed to develop a complex triangular relationship. In any case Chu's desire was unfulfilled, so she might have brought other men to her house in the night to do you-know-what. The roommate knew this and set up hidden cameras to record Chu's "bedside manner" in full detail, unknown to Chu. One "volume" was eventually released by the roommate to the public, and there were rumors of additional "volumes". The total number is unknown at this time.
Near the end of year of 2001, there was a national legislature election and Chu ran in the city of Taichung. Chu represented a party which is pro-national-unification, and separatists (against China) wanted to use whatever attacks they could to bring Chu down. It is not clear if Chu's roommate had tried to provide the sex video to Chu's opponents. Anyway rumors circulated about Chu's private life, sex with men, etc., which seriously damaged Chu's image, despite her denial. The rumors contained the component that there was video proof. Chu was not elected. After the election, however, the Chu sex video really began to spread. It appeared Chu's roommate has tried to sell the video to several magazines for millions of (New Taiwan) dollars but was unsuccessful. But she relased (at least) one video to the public anyway.
Chu was devastated. She went into hiding and there was fear that she might commit suicide. Everyone on the street is looking for a copy of the video, and Chu eventually admitted she was the woman in the video. Then the question became how the video was acquired, and by whom. Only three people had keys to the house, Chu, the roommate, and Chu's boy friend, the Hsinchu mayor, The roommate tried to flee Taiwan but was arrested in the airport. She later admitted responsibility. A police search of Chu's house and office in the Hsinchu City government found they were all wired with hidden cameras. The police is still investigating who else was involved, including possibly the (now former) Hsinchu mayor, or other politicians.
In the Legislature Yuan (ROC's equivalent of Congress) government officials were answering questions from legislators and women's rights advocates promising maximum efforts to halt the distribution of this video, while in the next room legislators' aids were busily making copies with CD Writers (designated for legislative business use) for their local supporters' enjoyment. The police raided CD factories and searched markets in Taiwan to look for whoever is selling this video on CD, while company officials give free copies of such CDs to employees as awards for good job performance.
While the interest has begun to fade in Taiwan and the government is prosecuting Chu's roommate, now in jail, the video CDs were copied in Southeast Asia and appearing in Mainland China, and the story is widely reported in Chinese media in Asia. News reports indicate Malaysian police were arresting people for selling Chu Mei-Feng CDs. CDs titled "Taiwan Female Legislator Real Sex Video" appeared in the streets in southeastern Chinese costal cities like Shanghai and Guangzhou (Canton), while the Chengdu City government in southwestern China organized special police forces to halt selling of such CDs in markets.
The most amazing thing, however, are searches to Chu Mei-Feng in Lycos (also in the top Weblog searches), a mainly English site covering the North American part of the Internet. At this time Chu Mei-Feng has become the number one search term for several days in a row. This indicates the interests in her video have crossed language or culture barriers and reached America. Wonder what will Chu think about this, after her recent loss in the Legislature Yuan elections and now her reputation in ruins, that she may become an international phenonemon? (More detailed story of Chu can be found here)