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TAIPEI - Justin Lee was taken into custody after turning himself in Thursday, but has so far denied all date rape charges, Taipei prosecutors said yesterday.
The Taipei District Court ordered Lee, 27, to be detained but still allowed him to have visitors, rejecting prosecutors' request that the suspect be held incommunicado.
The High Court later decided to hold Lee incommunicado, Lee, who turned himself in Thursday night, has been charged with drugging and raping several celebrities and other women, as well as filming the acts.
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But the socialite claimed that he had consensual sex with the women and that he did not secretly film the acts or circulate sexual photographs or videos.
Chen Mei-lan, who admitted to having helped Lee hide during the 23-day manhunt for the suspect, was released after posting a NT$120,000 bond (S$5,000).
Prosecutors said Lee had been hiding in Chen's apartment in Changhua.
Taipei District Prosecutors Office spokesman Huang Mou-hsin said that investigators are looking to determine whether there are accomplices to the suspect's alleged crimes, how many women were victimized and whether Lee distributed the sex photos.
Lee, the son of former Yuanta Financial Holding Co. board member Lee Yueh-chang, was first accused last July of taking a woman home, drugging and then raping her.
He allegedly taped the entire act.
Prosecutors questioned him but released him over of a lack of substantial evidence.
As more allegations emerged against him this year, prosecutors placed him on a wanted list Aug 1 after he repeatedly failed to show up for questioning.
Investigators reportedly discovered scores of explicit videos, involving more than 40 women, on a computer seized at his home. Some photos believed to have been captured from the videos were later found posted on the Internet.
Lee's surrender has ended days of media speculation over the identities of the women in the photos.
Lee faces at least seven years in prison if found guilty of drugging and raping the women, according to lawyers. Secretly filming sexual acts carries a maximum imprisonment of three years.
Lee turned himself in to the Taipei District Prosecutors Office in the company of three lawyers at about 8.35 pm on Thursday.
According to prosecutors, he was questioned for a few hours before being taken to the court for a bail hearing at about 3 am. The court granted prosecutors' request to have him detained at around 4 am.
He arrived at the Taipei Detention Center shortly after 6 a.m., and was allowed to rest, the Central News Agency said.
Chen, the woman charged with hiding the suspect, turned herself in separately to the Taichung District Prosecutors Office Thursday night. She was then transferred to Taipei for questioning.
The CNA cited her neighbors in Changhua as expressing surprise that Lee had been hiding in her apartment.