Report: Victim of alleged sex assault by Chinese billionaire is a U of M student

Reuters says the 21-year-old was assaulted after partying in Uptown.
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More details have emerged about the allegation of sexual assault leveled against a Chinese billionaire in Minneapolis last month.

Qiangdong Liu, otherwise known as Richard Liu, was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault while in town to attend a University of Minnesota course at the end of August.

Liu, who is the founder of Chinese online retail giant JD.com and is worth an estimated $6.7 billion, denies the allegation and has since returned to China after being released without charges.

The case is now in the hands of the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, which will now decide whether to bring charges against Liu.

On Monday, Reuters reported more details about the accusation against Liu, with the alleged victim a 21-year-old University of Minnesota student who says she was sexually assaulted at her apartment in Minneapolis.

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It follows a dinner party at Origami restaurant in Uptown thrown by Liu, where there was heavy drinking. The victim sent a WeChat (A Chinese version of WhatsApp) message to a friend during that night saying Liu had forced her to have sex with him.

Liu's lawyers maintain his innocence in a statement to the news agency, and said they are cooperating with investigators.

You can read the full story here.

Liu is a registered student at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management, and was in town late last month for a one week residency for the U's China business MBA program

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