A girl who said she had been mistreated by JD.com founder Richard Liu filed a suit Tuesday against the billionaire and his company alleging he along with other wealthy Chinese executives petitioned her to drink during a dinner in the hours before she was assaulted.
Jingyao Liu, a student at the University of Minnesota, claims Liu forced himself upon her in his car after the supper and later raped her. The lawsuit seeks damages of over $50,000.
Richard Liu, founder of this Beijing-based e-commerce site JD.com, was detained Aug. 31 at Minneapolis on suspicion of felony disorder and released within hours. Prosecutors announced in December that he’d face no legal fees because the case had”profound evidentiary problems” and it was unlikely they may establish his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Peter Walsh, lawyer for JD.com, stated:”We aren’t in position to comment at this time, but we’ll vigorously defend these meritless claims against the company.”
While Richard Liu had been in Minneapolis for a residency as part of the University of Minnesota’s physician of business management China program, the attack occurred. The program in the administration school of the university is geared toward executives in China and is currently a partnership with Tsinghua University School of Management and Economics.
While Richard Liu was still there, jingyao Liu is a Chinese citizen studying in the university on a student visa, also has been a volunteer at the Accreditation program. The Associated Press doesn’t usually name victims of sexual assault without their permission.
The lawsuit stated she had been 21 at the time of the alleged assault. Florin said Richard Liu and Jingyao Liu aren’t related.
In Minneapolis, Richard Liu along with other executives moved into Origami At the night of the alleged attack. The woman went at the invitation of Charlie Yao , another executive in the program to be a volunteer. He pitched it as an occasion to honor volunteers, but others were encouraged and Richard Liu had asked the plaintiff to be invited by Yao, the lawsuit stated.
Jingyao Liu felt coerced to drink as the men toasted her, with Richard Liu saying she’d dishonor him if she did not join in, according to the suit.
Text messages assessed by The Associated Press and portions of the interviews of this woman with police show the girl claims Liu dragged her to a limo and made improvements despite her protests. The girl uttered a buddy:”I cried him do not. But he didn’t hear.”
The lawsuit said a Liu aide flipped so that the chauffeur couldn’t visit Liu groping the student in the back despite her 29, into the limo’s rearview mirror up. It says Liu raped her in her apartment, again.
Liu, known in Chinese as Liu Qiangdong, is a dominant member of this Chinese technology elite, having a fortune of $7.5 billion. He’s a part of a generation of entrepreneurs who’ve established China’s net, e-commerce, mobile phone and other tech businesses since the late 1990s. The son of peasants, Liu constructed a Beijing electronics shop into JD.com, China’s largest online direct retailer, selling everything from clothing to toys to fresh vegetables.