Reporter offers Chuang porn star role

HUGE GAP: Much has been made of the 25-year age difference between Bevan Chuang and Len Brown.
HUGE GAP: Much has been made of the 25-year age difference between Bevan Chuang and Len Brown.

The journalist who broke the story of Auckland Mayor Len Brown's steamy affair with local body candidate Bevan Chuang now wants to turn her into a porn star.

Former Herald on Sunday and Truth reporter Stephen Cook, whose salacious story on the affair ran on the Whale Oil blog last Tuesday, is involved in setting up x-rated websites and a $25,000 competition to find "New Zealand's Next Top XXX Model".

He claims he is "in discussions" with Chuang, who has "taken a very keen interest in it".

He also claimed to have naked images of Chuang, but would not say if they had been supplied by her or a third party. He was taking legal advice on the use of the images.

Chuang said yesterday Cook had suggested to her that she star in a porn movie "re-enactment" of the Len Brown affair, and offered her $50,000 or $25,000 for "soft porn".

She said she rejected the offer. She says Cook also suggested she sell her story to a women's magazine for $5000.

A war of words between Cook and Chuang broke out yesterday, with Cook claiming Chuang and her boyfriend, Luigi Wewege of John Palino's campaign team, wanted to embark on an "American-style smear campaign" to discredit Brown, and Chuang continued to supply dirt even after the story broke.

Chuang said she felt uncomfortable with Cook's line of questioning on the Brown affair, such as wanting to know what Brown was like in bed.

She also felt uncomfortable with the affidavit that Cook drew up on her behalf.

Meanwhile, Cook revealed that he did the story for free, as Cameron Slater of Whale Oil had no money to pay him.

Sunday Star Times