Minnesota Won’t Prosecute Chinese Billionaire in Sex Assault Case
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) —The attorney for a University of Minnesota student who alleges she was sexually assaulted by Chinese billionaire Richard Liu says the woman is planning to sue.
Attorney Wil Florin says a civil jury should determine whether Liu, his company, Beijing-based e-commerce site JD.com, and their representatives "should be held accountable for the events of that night."
Florin issued a statement after Minnesota prosecutors on Friday declined to charge Liu.
Liu was arrested Aug. 31 and released. He returned to China. He was in Minneapolis for a weeklong residency as part of the University of Minnesota's doctor of business administration China program.
Liu's attorney says the billionaire was arrested "based on a false claim" and that the decision not to file charges "vindicates him."
Liu says his interactions with the woman have hurt his family, especially his wife. He says he feels "deep regret and remorse" and hopes his wife can accept his "sincere apology."