A lawyer for JD.com founder Richard Liu said on Monday the surveillance video showing the Chinese businessman in a lift and walking arm in arm with a woman accusing him of rape provides another account of what happened that night.
Two edited videos of Liu and his prosecutor were posted on a Chinese social media site on Monday. An attorney for Liu showed complete unedited surveillance videos to the Associated Press on Monday.
The prosecutors argued that the videos are in line with what they told the law enforcement agency, alleging in a lawsuit filed last week against the businessman His company.
One of the online videos shows the couple leaving a group dinner in Minneapolis on August 30th. The woman gets up to leave after Liu gets up and follows him through the door. The other video shows the woman clinging to Liu's arm as they go to her apartment where she says he raped her when she asked him to stop.
Liu, founder of JD.com's e-commerce site in Beijing, was arrested on August 31
Ms. Jingyao Liu is a Chinese student at the University of Minnesota. She claims in her lawsuit that she was raped in Richard Liu's limo after a dinner at Origami, a Japanese restaurant in Minneapolis, and raped at her home, where she allegedly felt pressured when Liu and other executives started to push her. At one point in time, Richard Liu said she would dishonor him if she did not join, the complaint says.
Richard Liu and Jingyao Liu are not related. The Associated Press generally does not name alleged victims of sexual assault without their consent, but the law firm representing the woman said she agreed to the term.
It is not clear who posted the online videos that were published on Weibo under an account called Mingzhou Events. The content is being edited, but Richard Liu's lawyers in China have confirmed their authenticity. The videos contain the same material as the complete surveillance videos seen by the AP. The videos do not contain audio and they do not show what happened in the limo of Richard Liu or in the woman's apartment.
Jill Brisbois, lawyer for Richard Liu in Minnesota, said in a statement to The Associated Press that the clips "continue to disperse" The misinformation and false claims that have been widely circulated clearly support the decision of the Hennepin County Attorney Office, not to bring any lawsuits against our client. "
Brisbois said the videos speak for themselves and show events as they happen, and while the woman claims to have been compromised and forced to drink, Brisbois appears to walk without help and to connect her arm to the businessman.
"The way it's described sounds a lot more shameful than it actually is," Brisbois said of dinner, "She's step by step step with him."
The lawsuit states that the woman is with Liu went to her home to be polite and respectful, and she believed that he simply led her to the door.
The surveillance video of Jingyao Liu's apartment complex shown to the AP was not edited, but for the relevant period 11 different camera angles shown.
The video shows Richard Liu and the woman walking from the car to her apartment building, and he seems to hold her arm as they go in. It shows them how they are go through several lobbies and take several lifts. Initially, Richard Liu's assistant is with them and Jingyao Liu leads the way. Once the assistant does not get into an elevator with Richard Liu and the woman, and when they leave the elevator, she has her hand through her arm and his hands are in his pockets.
She leads him up a short flight of stairs, then through another row of doors and continues to join her hand through his arm. As they climb out of another elevator, she leads him down a hall to an apartment. She opens the door and walks in, and Richard Liu follows.
In the video that was taken after the alleged robbery in the limo, the woman does not seem desperate.
The other clip, which was published online, provides surveillance video from the end of dinner at Origami. It shows Jingyao Liu, sitting at a table with other men, and Richard Liu is a few places away and seems to have a lively conversation with others. A man at the dinner party has slumped and seems to faint.
You see Jingyao Liu talking to the man next to her, and when Richard Liu gets up to leave, she gets up and seems to follow. They talk while walking next to each other. The video from outside the restaurant shows how Richard Liu first preceded the woman and her assistant. The woman meets with Richard Liu and pulls the jacket over her shoulder as they walk side by side.
The full video provided to the AP shows the woman sitting beside Richard Liu during the meal and some of them took the toasts but no external signs of poisoning. At some point, Liu gets up to go to the bathroom and she follows him, then they return to the table together.
Text messages previously reviewed by The Associated Press and parts of the woman's interviews with the police show that Ms. Liu was dragging her into a limousine, progressing and groping her despite her protests.
There is no video showing that they get into the sedan.
According to the lawsuit, Liu raped her in her home again for her protests and resistance. She wrote to a friend, "I did not ask him, but he did not listen."
The alleged attack occurred when Richard Liu was for a weeklong residence in Minneapolis, as part of the Doctor of the University of Minnesota China program. The four-year program at the University's Management School addresses high-level executives in China and is a partnership with Tsinghua University's School of Economics and Management.
Jingyao Liu is a Chinese citizen who studied a student visa at the university was a volunteer in the doctoral program when Richard Liu was there.
Richard Liu, known in Chinese as Liu Qiangdong, is a prominent member of the Chinese Techelite with $ 7.5 billion in assets. He's part of a generation of entrepreneurs who have been setting up China's Internet, e-commerce, mobile and other technology industries since the late 1990s. As the son of the farmers, Liu set up an electronics store in Beijing at JD.com, China's largest online retailer, selling everything from clothing to toys to fresh vegetables.
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