JD.com CEO to be sued by alleged rape victim
JD.com and its chief executive Richard Lui are being sued for damages by Jingyoa Liu, who has accused the Chinese billionaire of raping her.
The University of Minnesota undergraduate student, who was 21 at the time of the alleged incident, is seeking $50,000 in damages from both Liu and his company JD.com.
She has accused executives of JD.com of coercing her to drink during a dinner prior to the alleged attack, in which she claims Liu forced himself upon her in a limousine and then raped her in her apartment after.
Liu was arrested in the US at the end of August last year in relation to the charges, but prosecutors dropped the case in December due to “profound evidentiary problems”.
“We have not yet reviewed the complaint and are not going to comment on pending litigation,” Liu’s attorney Jill Brisbois told Bloomberg.
“But based on the Hennepin County Attorney’s declination to charge a case against our client and our belief in his innocence, we feel strongly that this suit is without merit and will vigorously defend against it.”
In the weeks following his arrest JD.com’s share price tanked 16 per cent, wiping an estimated $7.2 billion (£5.5 billion) off its value.
JD.com’s share prices have struggled to fully recover since the incident, as investors largely tie the troubles of its chief executive to the company as a whole, thanks to his dominant control of the company’s voting rights.