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Sex assault allegation against Chinese billionaire turned over to county attorney

Liu Qiangdong was detained on suspicion of sexual assault last month.
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The investigation into an alleged sexual assault by a Chinese billionaire while in Minnesota has been turned over to prosecutors for review.

The Minneapolis Police Department submitted its case against Liu Qiangdong to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office.

The attorney's office will now review the case and decide whether to bring charges against Qiangdong.

Liu is the founder and CEO of JD.com, which is one of China's largest e-commerce companies and the chief rival of Alibaba.com.

He's also 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.

After being arrested and released, Qiangdong has since returned to China.

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Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says his office "will review all of the evidence and make a decision on whether to bring charges."

"There is no deadline for making that decision," he added, saying there won't be further comment until one is made.

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