Peng Shuai, the tennis champion for weeks in the eye of the storm, said she had never accused anyone of sexually assaulting her and that the social media post she had published in recent weeks – with accusations to former vice premier Zhang Gaoli that he forced her to have sex – it was misunderstood. This was reported by the Reuters agency.
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“First, I have to emphasize a point that is extremely important, I have never said or written that anyone sexually assaulted me, I have to make this point clearly,” said Peng in the video posted by Lianhe Zaobao, a Singapore media.
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It is the first time that the champion faces the issue in front of the cameras and in public; Peng spoke on the sidelines of a cross-country skiing event in Shanghai he attended.
The champion added that the issue is “a private matter” and that there have been “many misunderstandings” regarding the post she had posted on Weibo, a sort of Chinese Twitter; but not much else explained The story has been going on for weeks and is far from clear.
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Peng Shuai in November accused former Deputy Prime Minister Zhang Gaoli, with whom she had had a clandestine affair, of forcing her into sexual intercourse three years ago. Her message, posted on a social network, was quickly censored and the 35-year-old tennis player then disappeared from the radar for three weeks, causing concern in the world of tennis but also in international politics. So much so that the Women’s Tennis Association, which continues to ask for a full and transparent investigation into her allegations, announced in early December the suspension of all scheduled tournaments in China, including Hong Kong.
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At the event in Shanghai, Peng also appeared, according to Lianhe Zaobao, on a fifth-floor balcony of a building with other athletes from various sports, including former Nba basketball star Yao Ming, and attended the event for about 20 minutes. He wore a black jacket with a Chinese flag and a red shirt with Chinese characters.
Today, a video and a photo of the champion talking to the icon of Chinese basketball had surfaced on a Chinese state media. According to the reporter, it was a friend who sent him the 7 second video which was recorded at the same promotional event in Shanghai.