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Chinese court rules against #MeToo plaintiff – Times of India

BEIJING: A Beijing court late on Tuesday dominated against the plaintiff in a excessive-profile Chinese sexual harassment case, saying there was inadequate proof to assist 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 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 People’s Court mentioned in a judgement which solely recognized Zhou and Zhu by their surnames that the proof submitted was “insufficient” to show sexual harassment.
It was unclear if Zhu was current within the court on Tuesday. A lawyer for Zhu couldn’t be reached.
Zhou advised a small group of supporters after the court’s resolution that after three years of pushing her case she felt “exhausted” and “disappointed” 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 still have the courage to stick to it for another three years, so I don’t know if this time will be a farewell.”
Later in a press release, although, Zhou mentioned her staff would attraction the decision.
“We will definitely appeal, because in this case we didn’t look at any of the core facts at all, that is all of the surveillance videos.”
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.
Discussion of #MeToo was then stifled, however latest intensive protection in China, with out apparent censorship, of sexual assault scandals involving tech large Alibaba and superstar Kris Wu has rekindled the subject.

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