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Chinese court dismisses TV intern’s #MeToo case appeal

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BEIJING — A Beijing courtroom on Wednesday dismissed an enchantment by a plaintiff in a high-profile Chinese language sexual harassment case involving a well known host of state broadcaster CCTV, a choice prone to deal a blow to China’s #MeToo motion.

Zhou Xiaoxuan, 29, accused certainly one of CCTV’s premier leisure present hosts, Zhu Jun, of groping and forcibly kissing her in 2014 when she was an intern working for him, allegations he denies.

Zhou’s accusations, posted on social media in 2018, rapidly went viral and he or she sued Zhu for damages that yr. In September 2021, after two closed-door hearings, Haidian Individuals’s Court docket, a district courtroom within the Chinese language capital, rejected her claims resulting from inadequate proof.

Zhou vowed to enchantment. Following an extra closed-door trial, the Beijing Municipal No. 1 Intermediate Individuals’s Court docket mentioned late on Wednesday it “rejected all of Zhou’s appeals and upheld the unique judgment.”

“The courtroom held that the proof submitted by the appellant Zhou was not ample to show that Zhu had sexually harassed her, and that the enchantment couldn’t be substantiated,” the courtroom mentioned on its official Weibo account.

Zhou can apply to enchantment once more if new proof is found.

Neither Zhou nor Zhu instantly responded to a Reuters request for remark. Nonetheless, Zhou did publish a video on her WeChat account on Tuesday, a day earlier than the decision was introduced, through which she mentioned she hoped folks wouldn’t be discouraged.

“I’ve no regrets about standing as much as all this, and I do know that each one painful emotions and hardships are valuable, and I hope that you’re like me, however nonetheless imagine that all the pieces has which means.”

China’s #MeToo motion took off in 2018 when a university scholar in Beijing publicly accused her professor of sexual harassment. It unfold to NGOs, media and different industries.