Monday, October 3, 2022

Billionaires

 You just have to assume all billionaires are total freaks..........  after all you have that much money .......... why have  normal missionary position ..........you can pretty buy  any sort of  funking freak show you want  really ......boring normal sex......... when you have billion .......no good  .......

Liu Jingyao and Liu Qiangdong: Chinese billionaire sexual assault case settled in US

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  • Liu Qiangdong
    Liu Qiangdong
    Chinese businessman
Richard Liu, CEO and founder of China's e-commerce company JD.com, attends the Cross-Strait & Hong Kong and Macau Internet Development Forum of the 2nd World Internet Conference on December 16, 2015 in Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province of China
Richard Liu, also known as Liu Qiangdong, is the founder of one of China's biggest e-commerce companies, JD.com

It was meant to be one of the biggest #MeToo trials China had ever seen, set to play out on the other side of the world in the US state of Minnesota.

The defendant was a 49-year-old billionaire who's been called the "Jeff Bezos of China". The accuser was a 25-year-old Chinese graduate student who said he sexually assaulted her.

The civil trial would play out in an open court - nearly impossible in China, but the reality in this case, as the trial would take place in Hennepin County, Minnesota, where the offence allegedly happened.

But in a stunning twist of events on the eve of their court battle, Richard Liu - better known to the Chinese as Liu Qiangdong - and Liu Jingyao have agreed on a settlement, averting trial.

The two are not related, Liu being a common Chinese surname. The BBC is naming Liu Jingyao as she has previously publicly identified herself.

A statement released on Saturday night by lawyers for both parties said the incident that took place "resulted in a misunderstanding that has consumed substantial public attention and brought profound suffering to the parties and their families".

"Today, the parties agreed to set aside their differences, and settle their legal dispute in order to avoid further pain and suffering caused by the lawsuit."

Details of the settlement have not been made public.

The news has surprised many in China and dominated Chinese social media, where within hours related hashtags racked up hundreds of millions of views and comments on Weibo.

Millions of Chinese were planning to closely watch the trial unfold in a legal system far more transparent than in China. Some experts believed that Liu Jingyao stood a better chance at winning in the US.

Now, with a settlement made behind closed doors, the case is likely to prompt even more speculation and add to the uncertainty of China's beleaguered MeToo movement.

Battle of narratives

Long before the trial was due to take place, the Chinese public's perception of the case was profoundly shaped by a series of video and audio clips showing some of what transpired on the night of 30 August 2018.


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