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Former Alibaba employee says former boss should be charged with rape

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Huizhong Wu

Taipei, Taiwan (AP) — A former employee of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba accused him of trying to rape his manager at the time. Last year, she urged police to consider allegations of a rare spotlight on harassment in a domestic workplace.

In a long account posted online this week, an employee who is a woman identified only by her name has a police statement about the case she said the victim of the online blamed her. Claimed that there was a contradiction. It happened a week after the second man in the case was sentenced to 18 months in prison for sexual assault.

The high-profile case launched a national debate over sexual harassment in the workplace last year, highlighting the struggles and backlashes victims face as they proceed with their allegations. I made it.

A former Alibaba employee accused her former manager of being drunk and sometimes unknowingly trying to rape her.

Alibaba has fired both Zhou and the manager. The manager has been identified only by his surname, King, in a police statement. The company did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Zhou changed her manager from "a person who has an objective criminal intent, a rapist with a real criminal intent, to a good boss who takes care of a drunken female subordinate. He criticized the official police account.

"And I .... I became a woman who mistakenly blamed her continued male boss," she continued.

According to Zhou's online post, after reporting to her police, the king asked her adjutant, another Alibaba employee, to talk to her. Her employees provided her with 600,000 yuan ($ 90,000) to personally solve her problem, Post said.

The King has posted many statements online for her husband's defense, not responding to requests for comment made through the company or his wife who emerged as his spokesperson. did.

Police investigated two men in this case. The king was detained for 15 days, but prosecutors did not approve the arrest on formal charges, saying the action was not a crime.

Zhou and her lawyer have asked police to consider last year's case and prosecute the king for rape, but she has not yet received a response.

The court convicted Zhang Guolao, the representative of the supermarket chain in talks with Alibaba, for compulsory obscenity, saying he had molested Zhou twice. did. I drank in the hotel room for dinner and the next day.

Zhou appealed the 18-month sentence and sought a longer sentence, her lawyer DuPeng said.

In her post, Zhou asked a police explanation of what happened that night.

She writes that her ex-manager stole the ID card and asked the hotel to hand over the room key and ask the staff to list him as a fellow traveler. .. She also said that when the front desk called to get consent to give him the key, police concluded that she couldn't express herself clearly.

"He voluntarily canceled the taxi in the app, carried his stolen ID card, returned to the hotel to join his room, and sexually violated," she said. Told to. "All of this shows that he not only intentionally tried to rape, but also committed a criminal act."

Last August police According to the statement, the king created the key with Zhou's consent and had an ID card.

The police in Jinan City, where the assault took place, did not respond to the request for comment.

The wives of both accused men used the Internet to deny Zhou's accusations. They claimed that Zhou seduced her husband.

After Zhang's decision, the king's wife said, "All this is voluntary, voluntary and voluntary on the side of Zhou, a lie to compose and harm Zhang and the king. It was a small essay full of. "

Many online commentators endorsed Zhou and praised her courage, while others used her wife's denial to label Zhou sexually indiscriminate. Did.

Zhou writes about how she felt she was abandoned after her company first apologized but she was later fired.

She said she developed a mood disorder after listing and both her and her husband attempted suicide. Police then kept them in the hotel for a month so they wouldn't try again, she said. They also told her not to do media interviews.

She said, "I hope we can get a fair result that the victim is not desperate for the judicial system."


Shanghai Associated Press researcher Chen Si contributed to this report.