Zhou groping claim thrown out

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 16 Sep 2021

A Chinese court threw out a landmark sexual harassment case on the basis of insufficient evidence, in a blow to the country's fledgling MeToo movement.

Zhou Xiaoxuan, now 28, came forward in 2018 to accuse former state TV host Zhu Jun of forcibly kissing and groping her during her 2014 internship at the broadcaster.

Her claims ignited a social media storm and inspired many women to share their experiences of sexual assault publicly.

But after a three-year legal battle, the Beijing Haidian District People's Court ruled there was not enough evidence to proceed.

Zhou, also known as Xianzi, was suing for a public apology from Zhu and 50,000 yuan (HK$60,489) in damages.

"No matter whether I win or lose, I am very honored to have experienced these three years ... with everyone," Zhou had told supporters on her way to court.

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