More details have been revealed in the sexual assault case against Chinese billionaire and e-commerce tycoon Liu Qiangdong. According to the victim, a University of Minnesota student, she was raped by the 45-year-old billionaire at her apartment after she was coerced into drinking at a party, reported the Star Tribune.
“I’m a normal student,” the alleged victim begged Liu, according to an account she gave police regarding the Aug. 31 incident, shared by a source with the Star Tribune. “You have a family. I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to do this.”“He didn’t listen to me,” she would go on to tell police.
After the dinner at Origami, the source said that the alleged victim wanted to go home and asked one of Liu’s assistants to summon her a car from a ride service. She walked out of the restaurant as Liu’s driver pulled up in a black SUV. She thought it was the ride service and got in the vehicle, the source said, and Liu got in behind her.
The source said that with Liu’s assistant in the front seat, the driver took them to an ivy-covered mansion in south Minneapolis. She got out and realized that she was unfamiliar with where she was. She reiterated her desire to go home, and resisted going inside. After a brief confrontation they got back in the SUV.
A source said that at about 11 p.m. the limo driver pulled up at the woman’s apartment complex near the university. She got out and Liu followed her, telling the driver and the assistant he would be right back, she would tell police. The woman unlocked her apartment door and Liu followed inside.
Inside the apartment, she told police, he pulled off her sweater over her protests. She said that Liu told her she could be just like Wendi Deng, the Chinese-born ex-wife of Australian media executive Rupert Murdoch.
“I told him ‘no’ several times,” she told police.
According to a source, the victim also sent a text to the male friend who had accompanied her that night, telling him of the sexual assault. He drove to her apartment complex and called 911 from outside.
Wil Florin, the alleged victim’s attorney, said that twice during the night, one of Liu’s assistants asked her male friend to accompany her to go out and buy more wine. The source said that at some point during the evening, the alleged victim’s male friend received a phone call to accompany another Chinese executive to dinner a half-hour’s drive from Origami, and he left.
Friends eventually convinced the alleged victim to go to the hospital for a sexual assault exam, and accompanied her there, the source said.
The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office has set no deadline for when it will make a charging decision.“We’ve got the case,” said a spokesman for prosecutor’s office. “We’re looking it over closely. When we make a decision, we’ll let everybody know.”