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Chinese Court Rules Against #MeToo Plaintiff

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BEIJING—A Beijing court late on Tuesday ruled against the plaintiff in a high-profile Chinese sexual harassment case, saying there was insufficient evidence to support her claims. Zhou Xiaoxuan, 28, in a series of social media posts in 2018 accused television personality Zhu Jun at state broadcaster CCTV of groping and forcibly kissing her in 2014 when she was an intern working for him, allegations he denies. Zhou’s accusation quickly went viral and she sued Zhu for damages three years ago, although the first hearing of the case was not held until December 2020 behind closed doors. The second hearing on Tuesday was also held behind closed doors. The Haidian People’s Court said in a judgement which only identified Zhou and Zhu by their surnames that the evidence submitted was “insufficient” to prove sexual harassment. It was unclear if Zhu was present in the court on Tuesday. A lawyer for Zhu …

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