Lincoln Tan

Lincoln Tan is the New Zealand Herald’s diversity, ethnic affairs and immigration senior reporter.

Chuang wants Palino to front up and answer questions

The former mistress of Auckland Mayor Len Brown wants failed mayoral candidate John Palino to front up about an alleged plan to bring down the mayor.

Bevan Chuang, who accompanied the Herald to Mr Palino's Kohimarama home yesterday, also dismissed Luigi Wewege's "clarification" that he was not in a relationship with her.

Mr Wewege, who worked for Mr Palino, sent an email to media denying he had a relationship with Ms Chuang or knowing the extent of her allegations against Mr Brown until after the story broke on a blog run by Cameron Slater.

Mr Palino has also gone to ground, but has denied any knowledge of the affair or of using it in a political campaign against Mr Brown.

He admitted meeting Ms Chuang at a Mission Bay carpark the day after the election results were announced, but claimed they only discussed threatening text messages both received during the campaign.

"Firstly he denied that he saw me and now he said he did, and then he said he never spoke to me but he spoke to me twice ... about the affair," Ms Chuang said in a video interview beside the carpark where she had met Mr Palino.

Ms Chuang was prepared to confront Mr Palino about "the truth" yesterday, but no one answered the door at his home.

Ms Chuang stood by her claim that she and Mr Wewege had an "intimate" relationship.

"We have intimate relationship, but probably not...you know I wouldn't say he was my boyfriend," she said.

In his email yesterday, Mr Wewege - who is believed to have left New Zealand - said: "I can appreciate Bevan Chuang trying to rehabilitate her image, however, I was never in a relationship with her."

- NZ Herald

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