Peng Shuai Denies Sexual Abuse Allegations As “Misunderstandings”

Peng Shuai in a 2016 file photo.

The Chinese tennis player Peng shuai I declare that “has never accused anyone from sexual abuse“and that your publication in the social network November 2 Weibo was a “private matter” about which people have “misunderstandings“, according to a video posted last night through the middle of Singapore Lianhe zaobao. The tennis player was in Shanghai participating in an event together with other Chinese sports stars such as the former basketball player Yao Ming.

In its release November on Weibo, a network similar to Twitter, Peng revealed that he maintained an intermittent love affair with former Chinese vice premier Zhang Gaoli, whom she accused of having sexually abused her on one occasion.

The debate about Peng and Zhang’s relationship was quickly censored on social media Chinese and the original publicationHe (who said “that afternoon I did not consent and I cried all the time”) volatilized.

In the video, Peng is surprised when the reporter asks if he has been in your house from Beijing “freely” and without surveillance and affirms: “Why should there be someone watching me? I have been at home at liberty.”

The athlete too confirmed authorship of a letter from him addressed to the President from the Association the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), Steve Simon, and what was rrecognized by the state television CGTN in mid-November: “I wrote the Chinese version and since my level of English is not very good, CGTN published a translated version with the same meaning than the original, “he explained.

In that letter, Peng he claimed “to be good and resting” Y denied be missing and allegations of sexual abuse, which increased the concern towards the Chinese player, of which images and videos were distributed, once again through media and journalists close to the Government, in subsequent days. What’s more, Peng kept a video call with Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), in which he reported that it was good and that he was in Beijing, insisting once again that his privacy be respected.

However, the WTA decided last December 1, suspend the tournaments held in China for the censorship and uncertainties that have surrounded the case.

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