A Chinese tennis star has accused a public functionary person of sexual assault in an attempt to quell the growing antisexual harrasment movement.
Peng Shuai, a well-known athlete, has been harassed by Zhang Gaoli, a former deputy premier and member of the Communist Party. In mlb.comof states that he raped her three years ago after a tennis match in Beijing.
The announcement was posted on Weibo, the main chinese social media platform, and deleted soon after. That’s why for now it’s impossible to find any posts already.
In response, being in a messy situation, Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, declined to answer questions on the issue at a press conference, rejecting what he heard about the situation and pointing out it is out of a diplomatic area.
On the contrary, the other tennis champions supported Peng, though there were ones who said she had no evidence to support her claims.
The anti harassment movement has shown all the support to the athlete, also because she is not the first person to suffer in China. Two years ago the scandal with a university professor involved took place on social media.
Lots of other scandals are known, like a well-known businessman was arrested in the US and accused of raping a 21-year-old student.