"A Beijing court on Tuesday dismissed a case filed by Zhou Xiaoxuan, whose
sexual assault allegations against a prominent television host helped
kick-start China’s burgeoning #MeToo movement, while censors moved quickly to
shut down backlash to the decision.
In a blow to a movement already under pressure from authorities clamping down
on all forms of dissent, the Haidian People’s Court released a ruling late
Tuesday evening that Zhou’s complaint against Zhu Jun, a host at state
broadcaster CCTV, did not meet the burden of proof.
Zhou, 28, also known by her previous alias Xianzi, in 2018 publicly accused Zhu
of groping and forcibly kissing her while she was a college intern at CCTV in
2014. Her account inspired dozens of other Chinese women to speak out, in a
wave of cases that spanned media, academia, charities and technology and other
Standing outside the Beijing courthouse where supporters yelled encouragement
and gave her flowers, Zhou said she planned to appeal the decision, though she
had reached the limit of what she could handle."
Via Lisa Stranger, who wrote "welp, it’s pretty clear what rights women don’t
have in China"
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