- The billionaire Chinese founder and CEO of JD.com has been accused of rape by a college student in Minneapolis.
- Liu Jingyao, then a 21-year-old student, says Richard Liu plied her with alcohol at a dinner, assaulted her in a limousine, and sexually assaulted her in her apartment. He denies the allegations.
- Newly leaked surveillance footage shows the student and the billionaire at dinner and her linking her arm around the billionaire inside her apartment block.
- Both of their lawyers say the footage is consistent with their arguments. Richard Liu’s lawyer said the clips “further dispel the misinformation and false claims” about the incident.
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Newly leaked surveillance footage shows the billionaire founder and CEO of the Chinese tech giant JD.com with the woman accusing him of rape on the night he is accused of attacking her.
The two clips, which were uploaded by a mystery account on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo on Monday, show Richard Liu Qiangdong and Liu Jingyao – his accuser – at a group dinner before later walking arm in arm in her apartment block.
Lawyers for both Liu and the woman who accused him say the footage supports their version of events. Richard Liu denies the allegations of misconduct.
Though the clips were edited, an attorney for Richard Liu told Business Insider his legal team had confirmed the footage’s authenticity.
Richard Liu, who is one of the richest people in China, is accused of raping Liu Jingyao in Minneapolis last August. Liu is a common surname in China.
The videos were also posted on YouTube. Here is the first:
And the second:
Liu Jingyao filed a civil lawsuit against the CEO last week, accusing him of plying her with alcohol at dinner, assaulting her in a limousine, and raping her in her apartment despite her pleas for him to stop.
The first video shows Richard Liu and Liu Jingyao, then a 21-year-old college student, eating and drinking at a group dinner in Minneapolis on August 30. (They are identified by the Chinese characters for their names – Richard Liu’s are 刘强东, and Liu Jingyao’s are 刘静尧.)
It’s not clear who is behind “Mingzhou Events,” the account that first uploaded the clips. The user had not posted anything before Monday.
According to the video, Richard Liu and Liu Jingyao were sat separated by two seats at the dinner and appeared to be engaged in different conversations. After an unspecified amount of time, Richard Liu leaves the table, and Liu Jingyao leaves shortly after. There are no time stamps on this footage.
In a caption accompanying the videos, the Mingzhou Events account said Liu Jingyao appeared to be sober and actively follow Richard Liu out of the restaurant. Business Insider has contacted representatives for Richard Liu and Liu Jingyao for comment on this account.
The second video, taken from inside an apartment block complex, appears to show Liu Jingyao inviting Richard Liu into the building, the two chatting as they take an elevator and walk toward her apartment together. At various points she appeared to link her arm around his as he put his hands in his pockets.
The Weibo user also said the student’s behaviour toward the CEO appeared intimate and consensual. Business Insider has contacted both their representatives for comment on this analysis.
The time stamp on the footage showed the time to be just before 10 p.m. on August 30. Richard Liu was arrested at Liu Jingyao’s apartment later that night. According to the lawsuit, Richard Liu angrily said “What the hell?” in Mandarin to the student as he was arrested and detained, Bloomberg reported.
Both sides claim the video supports them
Lawyers for Liu Jingyao told the Associated Press that both videos were consistent with what she told law enforcement and what she alleged in last week’s lawsuit. Last week’s lawsuit said she went to her apartment building with the CEO to be respectful and believed he was just walking her to her door and would then leave, the AP reported.
Jill Brisbois, an attorney for Richard Liu, said in a statement that the clips “further dispel the misinformation and false claims that have been widely circulated” and vindicated the decision by Minnesota not to press criminal charges against Richard Liu last December, for which they cited insufficient evidence.
Brisbois told the AP that while Liu Jingyao claimed she was drunk and forced to drink, in the video she seemed to walk without assistance. She added that the way the dinner had been described “sounds so much more nefarious than it actually is” and that “she’s step-in-step with him at every point.”
The AP said it had seen the full, unedited surveillance footage, which has no audio and does not show what happened in Richard Liu’s limousine or inside Liu Jingyao’s apartment.
Liu Jingyao’s lawsuit accuses Richard Liu and JD.com of a combined six counts of false imprisonment, civil assault and battery, and sexual assault or battery, Reuters reported. It seeks at least $US50,000 in damages.
A spokesman for the Hennepin County Attorney declined to comment on the new lawsuit last week, telling Business Insider that the office was not involved in the new civil lawsuit.
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