JD.com Plea Denied to Dissociate From Founder’s Rape Case in U.S.
What’s new: A U.S. court dismissed a motion filed by Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com to clear the company’s name from a case of alleged rape against its founder and Chief Executive Officer Liu Qiangdong.
“It is premature to determine whether the alleged tort occurred within defendant Liu’s work-related limits of time and space,” the Hennepin County District Court in Minnesota said Monday.
The background: Liu was accused of rape by a 21-year-old Chinese student at the University of Minnesota in the summer of 2018. Local prosecutors decided in December 2018 not to press felony charges against Liu because of insufficient evidence.
The student, Liu Jingyao, filed a civil lawsuit last April accusing Liu of civil assault and battery, false imprisonment, sexual assault and rape. She is also suing JD.com for vicarious liabilities.
JD.com argued that it shouldn’t be held vicariously liable for Liu’s action because the alleged sexual assault happened at the plaintiff’s apartment, not within work-related time and space.
Earlier this month, Liu resigned from positions of legal representative and chairman of the operator of JD.com, but he still holds overwhelming voting power of 79.5% at JD.com.
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