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'I'm not a hero. I just want a quiet life' (2)

By Cao Yin (China Daily)

08:16, January 20, 2012

Getting back to work, she says, will help distract her from the pain of being separated from her children, who are staying with relatives in the US until the divorce is finalized.

"I really miss them, but they don't miss me," she said with mock anger. Then, with sudden excitement, ruffled through the glossy down jacket she had taken off moments earlier and produced a set of photographs.

In one of a young girl on stage at a spelling bee, she pointed out her second daughter, Lila. Then, almost in a whisper, she added: "Her personality is so much like her dad. She is the most like him (of the three). She loves attention, loves people looking at her. She likes the crowd."

It was the first mention of Li Yang during the interview, and the effect on the mood was as if he had just walked into the room.

The conversation soon turned to the topic of domestic violence and the media fallout over Lee's accusations against her soon-to-be ex-husband. She claims he regularly slapped her face and pulled her hair during arguments, and twice injured her so badly she needed hospital treatment.

In August, following what she called the second serious incident, Lee decided to upload pictures of her injuries on Sina weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter.

"(Before making the allegations online) I went to the police and told him (Li Yang) that I had gone, but he didn't care. He was still confident there would be no result," she said, adding that her decision to speak out was partially fueled by the fear of what her children may think. "If kids see you beaten by your husband several times and you say it's OK, they will think that it's OK. That's terrible. I don't want my kids to think it's OK for a woman to be abused by a man."

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