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SHANGHAI (Reuters) – A former male employee of the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (NYSE 🙂 Group Holding Ltd suspected of having committed "violently indecent" but not rape, according to Chinese police investigating the attack.
The investigation is still ongoing, said the police bureau of the east China city of Jinan, where the incident occurred, in a statement via Weibo (NASDAQ :).
The police update came after an employee with an 11-page account went public on the Alibaba intranet and said her manager and a customer sexually abused her while on a business trip and that supervisors and human resources did not take her report seriously.
The scandal sparked violent public backlash against Alibaba, who later fired the male employee.
The male Alibaba employee, identified by police only by his last name Wang, entered the victim's hotel room, last name Zhou, four times when she was drunk after a business lunch on July 27 and committed "violent indecency" on one of those visits. according to the police.
The client also committed the crime against Zhou twice during the trip, it said.
Police said they had not found enough evidence that Zhou was forced to drink alcohol, as they claimed, during a banquet that the suspects attended that night.
Alibaba did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Reuters was unable to reach out to the two suspects or Zhou for comment.
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