A Beijing courtroom late on Tuesday dominated towards the complainant in a high-profile Chinese language sexual harassment case, saying there was inadequate proof to help her claims, a call more likely to deal a blow to China’s #MeToo motion.
Zhou Xiaoxuan, 28, in a collection of social media posts in 2018 accused tv persona Zhu Jun at state broadcaster CCTV of groping and forcibly kissing her in 2014 when she was an intern working for him, allegations he denies.
Zhou’s accusation shortly went viral and she or he sued Zhu for damages three years in the past, though the primary listening to of the case was not held till December 2020 behind closed doorways. The second listening to on Tuesday was additionally held behind closed doorways.
The Haidian Individuals’s Court docket stated in a judgement which solely recognized Zhou and Zhu by their surnames that the proof submitted was “inadequate” to show sexual harassment.
It was unclear if Zhu was current within the courtroom on Tuesday. A lawyer for Zhu couldn’t be reached.
Zhou informed a small group of supporters after the courtroom’s resolution that after three years of pushing her case she felt “exhausted” and “disenchanted” on listening to the decision. In her view, she stated, she had not been given an opportunity to provide a correct account of what occurred.
“I do not know if I nonetheless have the braveness to stay to it for one more three years, so I do not know if this time might be a farewell.”
Later in an announcement, although, Zhou stated her staff would attraction the decision.
“We will certainly attraction, as a result of on this case we did not take a look at any of the core information in any respect, that’s all the surveillance movies.”
China’s #MeToo motion took off in 2018 when a school pupil in Beijing publicly accused her professor of sexual harassment. It unfold to NGOs, media and different industries.
Dialogue of #MeToo was then stifled, however current intensive protection in China, with out apparent censorship, of sexual assault scandals involving tech large Alibaba and celeb Kris Wu has rekindled the subject.
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