Chinese language corporations drop Wang Leehom for alleged infidelity

  • By Jake Chung / Staff Writer, with CNA

Three Chinese companies yesterday terminated their partnerships with Taiwanese-American singer-songwriter Wang Leehom (王力宏) after his wife Lee Jing-lei (李 靚 蕾) accused him of having extramarital affairs on Friday.

On Wednesday, Wang posted on Facebook that he and his wife had filed for divorce for eight years.

“We have different ideas and plans for our future, so we decided to split up. Although we filed for divorce, we will always be family, ”wrote Wang. “I regret not having done enough in our marriage over the past few years.”

Photo: Wang Wen-lin, Taipei Times

Lee said in a lengthy social media post that Wang openly had affairs and sex with prostitutes, adding that he pressured them to accept a divorce in order to protect the reputations of the women he met .

Lee also said that members of Wang’s family abused her emotionally.

The Chinese subsidiary of automaker Infiniti said in a statement yesterday that it is “terminating its partnership with Wang with immediate effect.”

Photo: Sean Chao, Taipei Times

The move came just a day after Infiniti announced that Wang would serve as its brand ambassador.

The electronics company Dushulang also announced that it would terminate its contract with Wang.

Chow Tai Seng Jewelry said his contract with Wang ended on November 30th and that an extension of the partnership is not being considered.

In her post, Lee, a Princeton and Columbia graduate student, said Wang put pressure on her to lead a life in which she ultimately chose to give up her career.

She said that Wang, then 26, persecuted her when she first met, even though she was 16 and Lee was in a relationship with another woman.

Wang came to Taiwan from Beijing yesterday and did not comment on the allegations before going into mandatory quarantine.

Wang, 45, and Lee were married in November 2013 in the United States. You have three children.

Wang’s career began when he released his first mandopop album in Taiwan in 1995. Since then he has released 15 albums, written and produced songs for others, and appeared in several films.

Wang has won four Golden Melody Awards – Taiwan’s Best Music Awards – two for best singer and two for best album producer.

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