China MeToo News: Chinese authorities have banned a former government official from holding an online discussion on allegations of sexual harassment by a Chinese tennis player. It shows how sensitive the ruling Chinese Communist Party is to such allegations.
Tennis player Peng Shuai has written a long post on social media alleging that former deputy prime minister and member of the party’s powerful Politburo standing committee Zhang Gauli forced himself to have sex.
Despite repeated denials after the tennis round, he said Zhang had sex with her three years ago. His record states that he had sex with Zhang seven years ago. This post was deleted shortly after.
Peng is a former top doubles player and has won several doubles titles, including the 2013 Wimbledon Grand Slam and the 2014 French Open. However, the Associated Press could not verify the authenticity of his post. The recording was made on Tuesday night from his verified account on China’s leading social media site Wipo.
The post was quickly removed and searched for Peng’s account on Weibo and it was not found. Could not access Peng or Zhang for comment. This is the first time a key government official has been sexually harassed since the launch of the #MeToo campaign in China in 2018. Screen shots of his post banned in China are going viral on Twitter.
Peng, 35, in his post, said Zhang, now 75, and his wife organized a tennis match in Beijing three years ago and then took him to a room in his home where he was sexually abused. She said, “I was so scared that afternoon. I never thought that would happen. “
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