JD .com CEO Will Not Face Assault Charges in Minnesota


Minnesota prosecutors will not charge the billionaire chief executive officer of China’s JD .com, Richard Liu, after he was accused of rape by a University of Minnesota student during a recent US visit, authorities said on Friday.

Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman said there were “profound evidentiary problems which would have made it highly unlikely that any criminal charge could be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.”

In a statement, Freeman said that after an investigation by Minneapolis police and a review by four senior sexual assault prosecutors, it was clear his office could not meet its burden of proof, and therefore could not bring charges.

“Because we do not want to re-victimize the young woman, we will not be going into detail,” Freeman said.

The 45-year-old Liu, who grew JD .com from a humble electronics stall to an e-commerce giant with 2017 net revenues of $55.7 billion (roughly Rs. 3.8 lakh crores) and maintains tight control of the company, was released without charge about 17 hours after he was arrested on August 31.

He quickly returned to China, where he has continued to run the company. His representatives have maintained his innocence after the woman from China studying at the University of Minnesota accused him of rape.

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