TV host to plead guilty to charges?

TV personality Quan Yi Fong plans to plead guilty to charges of abusing a taxi driver last year. (Screengrab: YouTube)
TV personality Quan Yi Fong plans to plead guilty to charges of abusing a taxi driver last year. (Screengrab: YouTube)

Television host Quan Yi Fong intends to plead guilty to having abused a taxi driver in Singapore in June last year.

Her plan was revealed at a pre-trial conference in court on Wednesday morning, according to Shinmin Daily News. The 37-year-old actress, who was absent, was represented by her lawyer Subhas Anandan.

Media reports also said that pleading guilty would help to reduce the number of her charges which consist of two counts of mischief and one of using criminal force.

However, Anandan told Yahoo! Singapore that nothing has been made official and he is not able to comment further on the case.

"But chances are, they'll be reducing the charges to one," he said.

The Taiwanese TV personality previously denied 52-year-old cabby Chan Swee Kong's allegations of verbal abuse and physical assault.

Both parties involved gave conflicting accounts of the tussle that took place on 26 June last year, after the driver refused to help the passenger load her luggage onto the vehicle.

Chan accused Quan of damaging his taxi when she kicked the right passenger door.

He also claimed that the MediaCorp artiste kicked him in the groin and locked herself in his taxi for 15 minutes to thrash the interior of his cab. Damages to the vehicle amounted to S$177.

On the other hand, Quan asserted that she only kicked Chan and the cab door when he refused to let her leave the cab. She also claimed the driver had thrown her mobile phone on the ground, assaulted her and spewed vulgarities at her 11-year-old daughter who was present.

The next court session, which marks the start of the actual trial, is set for 28 November. If convicted of mischief, for each charge, Quan could be jailed up to a year, fined, or both.

If found guilty of using criminal force on Chan, she could be jailed up to three months, fined S$1,500 or both.