MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Minneapolis police have released a cache of texts, videos and photos pertaining to the rape case against Chinese billionaire Richard Liu, founder of JD.com, a Beijing-based e-commerce site. No criminal charges were filed against Liu, also known as Liu Qiangdong, but the accuser later filed a lawsuit against him in April 2019.
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Liu was in Minneapolis in August 2018 as part of a program at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. On Aug. 30, he and a large number of friends and associates went to dinner at an uptown restaurant, Patch reported.
One of the people invited to the dinner was a 21-year-old woman, a Chinese citizen and student at the University of Minnesota. After dinner, the woman rode with Liu and others to a home on Franklin Avenue and, later that evening, to her apartment near the university, a Patch report said.
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Text messages and portions of the woman’s interviews with police show the woman claimed Liu pulled her into a limousine and made unwanted advances. The woman later texted a friend: “I begged him don’t. But he didn’t listen.”
She said in another text to the friend, who was also at the dinner, that she was “dead drunk” in the car when Liu molested her. The woman said she told Liu, “I don’t wanna do this.” Later, she told police she had been drugged.
The lawsuit said a Liu aide turned the limousine’s rearview mirror upward so the chauffeur could not see Liu groping the student in the rear of the vehicle despite her protests. In the suit, the woman accuses Liu of forcibly raping her at her apartment.
Liu maintains that the encounter was consensual. But the accuser was texting the friend soon after, saying she “was forced” to sleep with him.
Don’t tell anyone
I just want you to know
Accuser: You promise
Friend: I promise
Accuser: Was forced to sleep with Liu Qiang Dong
The accuser’s friend called police, who arrived around 3 a.m. at her apartment to find Liu with a shirt on but no pants or underwear. Because of this, he was arrested, a police report says.
The accuser was surprised when police arrived because she told her friend not to call them for fear of repercussions.
In a text to her boyfriend in China, the accuser said Liu would pressure her and her family if she called the police over the incident. She said her family wouldn’t be able to put food on the table if she did so.
“Quangdong did not understand what was going on, and did not think that he had done anything wrong,” an arresting officer said, according to a police report.
The accuser repeatedly told police she didn’t want to take action because of repercussions she would face upon returning to China. After saying this multiple times, she told another officer that it was consensual, according to the police report.
The accuser’s lawsuit against Liu claims $50,000 in damages, saying she had been coerced to drink and was later raped by Liu.