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Police: Fired Alibaba Employee Suspected Of ‘Forcible Indecency,’ Not Rape

A former male employee of Chinese language e-trade large Alibaba group holding Ltd is suspected of committing “forcible indecency” against a lady colleague, but not rape, consistent with Chinese language police probing the assault.

The investigation continues to be ongoing, the police bureau of Japan’s Jinan town, where the incident took place, said in a declaration through Weibo.

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The police update came after a female worker went public with an 11-web page account on Alibaba’s intranet announcing her supervisor and a customer sexually assaulted her at some point on a business trip, and that superiors and human resources did not take her file seriously.

The scandal led to a fierce public backlash towards Alibaba, which later fired the male worker.

The male Alibaba worker, whom police best picked out with the aid of his surname Wang, entered the resort room of the sufferer, surnamed Zhou, four times while she was under the influence of alcohol after a business dinner on July 27 and committed “forcible indecency” at some stage of such visits, according to the police statement.

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The client had also committed the act against Zhou on occasions during the trip, they said.

The police stated that they had not observed sufficient evidence that Zhou had become pressured to drink alcohol all through a feast that evening attended by the suspects, as she had claimed.

Alibaba did not immediately reply to a request for comment. Reuters was not able to reach the two suspects or Zhou for comment.

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