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Tennis player accuses former deputy PM of China of sexual harassment, online discussion banned


China MeToo News: Chinese authorities have banned online discussion of the country’s tennis player’s sexual harassment allegations against a former top government official. This shows how sensitive the ruling Communist Party of China is to such allegations.

Tennis player Peng Shuai has written a lengthy post on social media accusing former deputy prime minister and member of the party’s powerful Politburo Standing Committee, Zhang Gaoli, of forcing her to have sex.

He said that Zhang had sex with her three years ago, despite repeated refusals after a round of tennis. His post suggests that he once had sex with Zhang seven years ago. This post was removed after some time.

Peng is a former top-level doubles player and has won multiple doubles titles, including the 2013 Wimbledon Grand Slams and the 2014 French Open. However, the Associated Press could not verify the veracity of his post. The post was made on Tuesday night from his verified account on China’s leading social media platform ‘Wibo’.

The post was soon taken down and a search of Peng’s account on Weibo did not find it. Neither Peng nor Zhang could be reached for comment. This is the first time that a prominent government official has been accused of sexual harassment since the launch of the #MeToo campaign in China in 2018. Screenshots of his post have gone viral on Twitter which is banned in China.

Peng, 35, wrote in his post that Zhang, now 75, and his wife arranged a tennis match in Beijing three years ago and he later took her to a room in his house where she was sexually assaulted. to be done. She said, “I was very scared that afternoon. I never thought this thing could happen.”

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