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China #MeToo: Why one woman is being sued by the TV star she accused

September 26, 2018 4:01 pm

*Just a few months ago, China was hit by a string of #MeToo accusations that emerged from arenas as diverse as temples, universities and television talk shows. *

Now, one case is set to go before China’s civil courts but it is the accuser, not the accused, who is having to defend herself.

In July, China’s entertainment world was faced with the allegation that one of the country’s biggest and most beloved TV stars had forcibly groped and kissed an intern after she took a basket of fruit to his room.

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Zhu Jun, known for hosting national television extravaganzas such as the Spring Festival Gala, immediately denied the accusation and proceeded to sue her for damaging his reputation and mental wellbeing.

The woman, known by her online moniker Xianzi, was finally told on Tuesday that the case will be heard in Beijing’s Haidian district court.

She has now filed a countersuit and intends to fight the case, thus setting up China’s first #MeToo confrontation in court.

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