A student of Minnesota University claimed that she was raped by the Chief executive officer of China’s e-commerce retailer JD.com Inc and lodged a civil lawsuit against him in a Minneapolis court on Tuesday, almost four months after prosecutors refused to press the criminal accusations.
Liu insisted to prove his innocence through his lawyers and throughout the law imposed probe, which finished in December. The legislation filed in Hennepin County court seeks unrevealed injuries and names Richard Liu and JD.com executive.
The court document said, “ defendant Liu was physically larger in size and significantly stronger than the plaintiff and used his superior size and strength to subdue and rape her”.
Attorney of Richard Liu, Jill Brisbois, said in a written statement that she had not yet checked complained, but “ based on the Hennepin County attorney’s declination to charge a case against our client and our belief in his innocence, we feel strongly that this suit is without merit and will vigorously defend against it.”
An attorney for JD.com at Hogan Lovells, Peter Walsh said in a written statement while they were not prepared to comment at this time, they will intensely defend against “ these meritless claims against the company”.
The student first charged Richard Liu of rape in August while he was taking a tour at the University of Minnesota for attending a doctor of business administration programme directed at executives from China.
46 years old, Liu started JD.com as a humble electronics stand and stretched it into an e-commerce company with 2018 net profit of $67 billion, was imprisoned on 31st August, but released without charge about 17 hours later.
He soon came back to China and resumed his executive role, as prosecutors in Minnesota probed the rape claim to determine if criminal accusations were certified.
In December, Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman declared he was not accusing Richard Liu as there were “ profound evidentiary problems which would have made it highly unlikely that any criminal charge could be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Richard Liu said eventually to Chinese social media which while he had torn no law, he felt “ utter self-admonishment and regret” for the “enormous pain” his “actions on that day” triggered his family, especially his wife, internet celebrity Zhang Zetian.
Also known as Liu Qiangdong, he would have confronted up to 30 years in prison under Minnesota law if accused of first-degree criminal, as well as sexual misconduct.