EXCLUSIVE: Chuang telling media different stories now as she runs from spotlight

By Stephen Cook

Bevan Chuang laughed and joked her way through a tell-all interview about her two-year affair with Auckland mayor Len Brown – and then followed that up with phone calls and text messages offering additional – and even more – salacious detail.

The focus of the scandal last night switched from Brown and whether he was fit to be mayor to questions over how the whole story unfolded.

Just hours after stating publicly mayoral candidate John Palino and his campaign team had nothing whatsoever to do with her decision to go public, Chuang did a major about turn, claiming right wing factions hounded her relentlessly to expose details of the affair.

She pointed most of the blame at Luigi Wewege, a member of Palino’s campaign team, and someone she had earlier denied having a relationship with, but also reserved some criticism for blogger Cameron Slater who first published the story.  

However, when spoken to yesterday, Chuang played down her involvement with Wewege, saying they were just friends and nothing more.

Then hours later Chuang recanted on that statement, releasing private Facebook conversations between her and Wewege which showed he’d been piling on the pressure for her to talk.

And talk she did – happily volunteering material about the size and shape of Brown’s appendage, his performance and stamina along with other numerous other sexual tidbits – including her attitudes towards porn and the adult industry in general.

Whenever the talk turned to her sexual antics with Brown, Chuang would giggle and laugh – before providing elaborate detail.

She also maintained she’d only decided to come forward because of a threatening text message she’d received. No reference was made during the interview to Palino, Wewege, Slater or anyone else associated with right-wing politics.

Slater said the pressure was obviously starting to take its toll on Chuang which was understandable.

“She’s flip-flopping all over the place now blaming this person and that person for the blowtorch being put on her affair with Len. If she didn’t want to do the interview then why didn’t she say no. She’s had no difficulty saying that to every other interview request this week. Furthermore she stated to me that had legal advice before preparing her statements, that doesn’t sound like an unwilling participant to me.”

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.