(The Wallstreet Journal) While U.S. prosecutors declined to charge Liu Qiangdong after a sexual-assault investigation, the Chinese e-commerce billionaire faced biting criticism in China’s court of public opinion.
On Friday, authorities in Minneapolis said there were evidentiary problems that made it highly unlikely a sexual-assault case against the founder of online retailer JD.com could be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. A woman told police that Mr. Liu raped her, according to a recording of an interview she gave with police. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Mr. Liu maintained the sex was consensual.
On Chinese social media, many said that while Mr. Liu, 45 years old, may not face legal jeopardy, his behavior deserves condemnation. A well-circulated criticism came from the newspaper of the All-China Women’s Federation, a conservative Communist Party-backed organization.
“Liu Qiangdong is not guilty. That’s a legal judgment,” the China Women’s News post said. “But behind the law is morality. As a public figure, he should have higher standards for his words and deeds.”