Claim and more counterclaim

By Kathryn Powley

Luigi Wewege, Bevan Chuang and John Palino.
Luigi Wewege, Bevan Chuang and John Palino.

Bevan Chuang claims Luigi Wewege knew of the relationship between her and Len Brown in July, three months before the election.

Text messaging between Chuang and Wewege in July and August refer to the relationship. Texting on July 31, in which Chuang discusses why she does not want to be involved in a plan to reveal her relationship with Brown, concludes, "and it won't help my future by saying I'm involved in an extra-marital relationship?"

Chuang also says Wewege knew she and Brown were caught in the Ngati Whatua room in a compromising position by a security guard.

Chuang denies saying she thought Brown had orchestrated her election loss.

"Luigi told me that he felt that Len Brown somehow orchestrated my election loss," she tells the Herald on Sunday. "In the carpark that night with Palino, Palino said that Len should tell people to vote for me and get the 'Labour people to make sure I get elected'."

At the post-election party at Wildfire, Chuang says, Wewege "tried to stay away from me but had given me hugs.

"He did say in front of Palino, 'How's my Bevan'?"

She also disputes Wewege's claim that on election night he no longer cared whether the affair went public. "The text/Facebook message said otherwise - he was asking why can't I see Stephen Cook earlier, but I said I need to work and need money - to which he said, you won't after this."

Though Wewege says he was never Chuang's boyfriend and that they were simply "flirty", text messaging between the pair gives a different impression.

17/08/2013 09.21

Luigi Wewege: Morning babe ... Probable going to have to go back to bed shortly. Wanna come over for a morning f***?

17/08/2013 09.23

Bev Lolibee: Baby I'm out to put up more hoardings, sorry. xox

28/08/2013 02.13

Luigi Wewege: Baby you get an incriminating text from Lenny.B and John said he would give me off every weekend until the election! [happy face]

28/08/2013

Bev Lolibee: I can't get anything from Len. Text, phone call, nothing. So please stop asking and giving me pressure.

28/08/2013 07.36

Bev Lolibee: And really very disappointed with you. All you cared about is how I can help you get incriminting evidence so John can win. You've never ever considered my feelings or my situations. Actions speak louder than words. My love for you is unconditional. And if you can't do that, stop telling me you love me if you don't.

29/08/2013 14.02

Luigi Wewege: Don't worry you don't have to see me on Saturday.

- Herald on Sunday

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