A Beijing court docket late on Tuesday dominated in opposition to the plaintiff in a high-profile Chinese language sexual harassment case, saying there was inadequate proof to help her claims, a call prone to deal a blow to China’s #MeToo motion.
Zhou Xiaoxuan, 28, in a sequence 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 he or she 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 Folks’s Courtroom mentioned 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 court docket on Tuesday. A lawyer for Zhu couldn’t be reached.Zhou informed a small group of supporters after the court docket’s determination that after three years of pushing her case she felt “exhausted” and “dissatisfied” on listening to the decision. In her view, she mentioned, she had not been given an opportunity to offer a correct account of what occurred.
“I don’t know if I nonetheless have the braveness to stay to it for one more three years, so I don’t know if this time will likely be a farewell.”
Later in an announcement, although, Zhou mentioned her crew would enchantment the decision.“We will certainly enchantment, as a result of on this case we didn’t have a look at any of the core information in any respect, that’s the entire surveillance movies.”
China’s #MeToo motion took off in 2018 when a university scholar in Beijing publicly accused her professor of sexual harassment. It unfold to NGOs, media and different industries.Dialogue of #MeToo was then stifled, however latest in depth protection in China, with out apparent censorship, of sexual assault scandals involving tech large Alibaba and movie star Kris Wu has rekindled the subject.