A University of Minnesota student who claims she was raped by Richard Liu Qiangdong, the billionaire founder and CEO of Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com, filed a lawsuit against him on Tuesday.
Liu Jingyao filed the civil suit four months after the local district attorney in Minneapolis declined to launch criminal proceedings against Liu, citing a lack of evidence.
The lawsuit accuses Richard Liu and JD.com of a total of six counts of false imprisonment, civil assault and battery, as well as sexual assault or battery, Reuters reported. It seeks at least $50,000 in damages.
The CEO and student are not related. Liu is a common Chinese surname.
The CEO denies the claims. In a statement to Business Insider, Jill Brisbois, Richard Liu’s personal lawyer, said: “We have not yet reviewed the complaint and are not going to comment on pending litigation, but based on the Hennepin County Attorney’s declination to charge a case against our client and our belief in his innocence, we feel strongly that this suit is without merit and will vigorously defend against it.”
Peter Walsh, the counsel for JD.com, declined to comment on Tuesday’s lawsuit but told Business Insider in a statement that “we will vigorously