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A Kaohsiung widow — surnamed Tseng (曾) — sued a caregiver who allegedly provided care above and beyond the call of duty.

Tseng says she discovered incriminating evidence in in the diary of her late husband, a Mr. Chiang (蔣) … who passed away in 2014.

The diary proves, says Tseng,  that her husband had an affair with his caregiver, surnamed Lee (李) — who is 27 years Chiang’s junior — during 2011 and 2012.

Tseng filed a lawsuit seeking NT$1 million for pain and suffering, and a KHH court apparently at least partially agrees with her argument as this week, Tseng was awarded NT$300,000 (US$9,518) for said pain and suffering.

The affair ‘coincided’ with Lee’s time as an employee for Chiang … working as the elderly gentleman’s caregiver, the ruling said.

But Lee told the court that no adultery “as defined by law” took place as she did not have vaginal intercourse with Chiang.

Furthermore, Lee said that Chiang, who lived alone, concealed that he had an estranged wife at the time … and then seduced her.

The whole tale gets even nastier as Lee initially claimed no affair took place … and then said she was raped by Chiang (possibly in a bid to avoid a trial).

Prosecutors dismissed rape claims on somewhat dubious logic … saying Lee wouldn’t have continuing working for Chiang if he had raped her.

ALSO … Lee admitted to accepting a cash ‘gift’ of almost NT$14 million from Chiang — and although Chiang later accused her of theft — the incriminating diary supports the story that they were going at it in a consensual extramarital affair.

What do you think?

Is it time for Taiwan to stop criminalizing sex between consenting adults … regardless of marriage status? Adultery might be wrong according to some’s worldview … but is it a “crime”?

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