The Bevan Chuang Timeline

Further details of the lurid Len Brown / Bevan Chuang sex scandal have pretty much continued daily since the story broke last Tuesday. While some affected parties have “revealed all” (namely Chuang and Whale Oil’s Cameron Slater) in an attempt to be shown in a good light, others have gone to ground in a hope it’ll all blow over. It’s made for a week of shocking and sentential headlines as Auckland’s political underworld has bubbled up to mix with those at the top.

If you’ve over the scandal and want the world to get back to business as usual, then read no further. If, on the other hand you want to get a feel of how it all played out then read on.

First, lets check out some of the key players:

On the Left

Bevan Chuang, Len Brown, Raymond Huo

Bevan Chuang: The lady in question, a 32 year old Hong Kong born political climber

Len Brown: Recently re-elected 57 year old Mayor of Auckland. Labour Party member. Admitted two-year affair with Bevan Chuang after Chuang broke the story.

Raymond Huo: Chinese born Labour list MP, first elected in 2008. Finalist in Whale Oil’s 2012 Worst List MP awards (which was taken out by Gareth Hughes).

On the Right

Luigi Wewege, Bevan Chuang, John Palino

Luigi Wewege: South African born political climber, moved to New Zealand in 2011. Joined Young Nats, campaigned for National MP Simon O’Conner before joining Palino’s campaign team. Romantically linked to Bevan Chuang. Has a questionable CV.

Bevan Chuang: See above.

John Palino: USA born restaurateur and entrepreneur. Star of TV3′s “The Kitchen Job”. Political novice and 2013 right-wing Auckland Mayoral candidate. His campaign web site states he has a passion to help people and “fix problems” (I’m thinking this could come in real handy right now).

The Chuang Timeline

A note on the dates, where available the actual date of the event has been indicated. I’ve interspersed the un-dated events from Chuang’s affidavit as best I can, some may be out of sequence with other actual dates around them (in particular Chuang’s claimed treatment for chlamydia).

DateDetailsSource
Apr 05Chuang starts working as a Personal Assistant at the Auckland MuseumChuang’s CV
19 Jul 08Chuang accesses the Museum Director’s email from home, supplying details to another personStuff
Jul 08Chuang is made redundant from Auckland MuseumStuff
Aug 08Chuang is charged and convicted with unlawfully accessing a computerStuff
Oct 08Chuang closely supports Raymond Huo in his election campaignArchie Butterfly
20 Mar 11Chuang is appointed as a Member of the newly formed Ethnic People’s Advisory Panel by Len BrownChuang’s CV &; Blog
13 May 11Chuang meets Len Brown for the first timeChuang’s Affidavit
13 May 11Chuang receives her first text from Len BrownChuang’s Affidavit
18 May 11Chuang talks to Len Brown at Auckland Town Hall functionChuang’s Affidavit
Chuang receives a text from Len Brown asking to meet at his office to discuss workChuang’s Affidavit
Chuang meets Len Brown at his office, where he compliments her on her appearanceChuang’s Affidavit
Len Brown texts Chuang once or twice a day, calling 3 to 5 times a weekChuang’s Affidavit
Len Brown’s calls to Chuang become personalChuang’s Affidavit
Chuang meets Len Brown two more times in his office, discussing personal mattersChuang’s Affidavit
Jun 11Len Brown kisses Chuang in his officeChuang’s Affidavit
5 Jul 11Len Brown provides Chuang a reference for a job at the Auckland Art GalleryNZ Herald
Len Brown discusses masturbating during calls to ChuangChuang’s Affidavit
15 Aug 11Chuang’s birthday, Len Brown Gifts LingerieChuang’s Affidavit
Aug 11Chuang starts as a Sponsorship Coordinator at the Auckland Art GalleryChuang’s CV
Aug 11Chuang has sex for first time with Len BrownChuang’s Affidavit
Sep 11Chuang posts about the Auckland Art Gallery re-opening on FacebookFacebook
17 Sep 11Chuang attends Ireland vs Australia Rugby World CupChuang’s You Tube
30 Sep 11Chuang wishes Len Brown a happy birthday on FacebookChuang’s Facebook
Chuang has sex with Len Brown on a number of occasions over next few monthsChuang’s Affidavit
Dec 11Chuang fired from the Auckland Art Gallery for not disclosing her prior convictionNZ Herald
14 Jan 12Chuang advertises for sperm donors for her “Dragon Baby” (wanting to get pregnant between Jan 23-Feb 9)NZ Herald
Chuang claims that Len Brown expresses his desire to father her babyWhale Oil
2012Chuang and Len Brown caught having sex by a security guard at the Auckland Town HallChuang’s Affidavit
Chuang and Len Brown have no contact for a month for fear of being caughtChuang’s Affidavit
Mar 12Wewege snapped with Len BrownThe Nation
3 Apr 12Chuang posts on her blog about the beauty of positive sexChuang’s Blog
Apr 12Chuang is interviewed and posts on her blog about older married men chasing herTVNZ
Chuang has sex with Len Brown in hotels three more timesChuang’s Affidavit
Jun 12Wewege snapped with ChuangThe Nation
Oct 12Chuang started seeing WewegeThe Nation
15 Aug 12Chuang’s birthday
25 Dec 12Len Brown texts Chuang his loveChuang’s Affidavit
Feb 13Chuang stopped seeing WewegeChuang’s Affidavit
Chuang started seeing Len Brown againChuang’s Affidavit
12 Feb 13Chuang accompanies Len Brown for a private dinner at Sky CityText Messages
22 Feb 13Chuang meets with Len Brown at a functionText Messages
Chuang claims she is treated for chlamydiaWhale Oil
5 May 13John Palino announces he will stand for Mayor3News
15 May 13Chuang meets with John Palino at a CaféNZ Herald
29 May 13Chuang has another meeting with John PalinoNZ Herald
Jun 13Chuang and Wewege rekindle their relationshipThe Nation
Jul 13Chuang has sex with Len Brown for the last timeChuang’s Affidavit
8 Jul 13Wewege working on Palino’s campaign teamThe Nation
Len Brown breaks off contact with ChuangChuang’s Affidavit
14 Jul 13Len Brown launches his Mayoral campaign, which Chuang attendsWhale Oil
19 Jul 13Election Nominations open
20 Jul 13John Palino launches his Mayoral Campaign, which Chuang attendsScoop
24 Jul 13Chuang interviews Len Brown on View TVText Messages
24 Jul 13Len Brown texts Chuang to arrange dates to meet againText Messages
31 Jul 13Chuang nominated to stand for a Local Board seatAucklandChinese
15 Aug 13Chuang’s birthday
16 Aug 13Election Nominations close, campaign proper starts
28 Aug 13Wewege asks Chuang to forward any “incriminating” texts from Len Brown, indicating that “John” would approveThe Nation
8 Sep 13Chuang returns a voice recorder to WewegeThe Nation
Wewege talks to Whale Oil about the Len Brown affairWhale Oil
Chuang claims John Palino offers her a job if he becomes MayorThe Nation
24 Sep 13Wewege pressures Chuang for an Affidavit to give to Whale OilThe Nation
2 Oct 13Chuang receives a text warning her not to talk to the SlatersChuang’s Affidavit
8 Oct 13Len Brown tells his wife about the affairWhale Oil
8 Oct 13Chuang, Whale Oil, John Palino and John Slater receive text threatening not to publish details of the affairWhale Oil
12 Oct 13Chuang misses out on a Local Board seat by 246 votesVote.co.nz
13 Oct 13Chuang talks to Whale Oil via Stephen Cook and is told an affidavit would shame Len Brown into resigningThe Nation
13 Oct 13Chuang has a late night meeting with John Palino to discuss threatening textsNZ Herald
14 Oct 13Wewege pleads with Chuang to have the Affidavit completedThe Nation
14 Oct 13Chuang sends a draft affidavit to Whale OilThe Nation
15 Oct 13Chuang signs an affidavit admitting and detailing the affairChuang’s Affidavit
15 Oct 13Whale Oil Publishes news of the Len Brown affair followed up with the Chuang’s affidavitWhale Oil
15 Oct 13Len Brown admits affair, appears on Campbell LiveCampbell Live
15 Oct 13Chuang calls for Len Brown to resignWhale Oil
16 Oct 13Chuang denies having relationship with WewegeWhale Oil
19 Oct 13Stephen Cook offers Chuang money to appear in a porn movieStuff
19 Oct 13Women’s Day offer $5,000 for Chuang’s storyStuff
20 Oct 13Stephen Cook claims to have naked pictures of ChuangStuff
20 Oct 13Hamish Price, speaking on behalf of Chuang express regret and indicates an apology has been sent to Len BrownStuff

What a sad state of affairs with poor judgement all-round. One would hope that now all parties involved are taking political damage, the story will shortly run it’s course. There are more important issues ahead.

  • tas

    It seems that everyone involved has been splattered in muck.

    Note that the Young Nats deny that Wewage is or was a member. https://twitter.com/nzyoungnats/status/392758136236277760

  • Lolibee Bella Doll

    That person on the first picture next to Len Brown is not Raymond Huo…. He is completely not related….

    • http://www.mcmillan.org.nz/ Andrew McMillan

      Apologies for that, I’ve updated the photos accordingly

  • Michelle C

    Chuang is an opportunist,she knew exactly how to play this to her best interest and frankly her ‘poor little victim’ routine is a pathetic attempt to redeem herself. What did she expect would happen when she got into bed with a powerful married man, a prominent public figure. But she didn’t stop at one did she, no she got into bed TWO, she played them both, seriously I have no sympathy for this insecure attention seeking woman at all. She has brought all of this on herself. Pity for her the jobs and holidays she were promised didn’t work out so instead she thought she’d create a media shit storm and ruin a few lives.

  • JohnRW

    Great work Andrew. Has any more data come your way which further refines the timeline?