sentenced to four years in prison for rape in Australia, Richard Liu was busy attending the royal wedding of Princess Eugenie at Windsor Castle with his wife.hile his pal was being
Liu, 44, the billionaire founder of Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com, is facing rape allegations himself after being infamously arrested on August 31st in Minnesota. Following a night spent in jail, Liu was released the next day and was soon back in China.
On his arm at the wedding was his wife, Zhang Zetian, a 24-year-old internet icon dubbed China’s “Milk Tea Sister” after having first caught the nation’s eye in a viral photo showing her with a cup of milk tea in hand. The two have been married since 2015 and have a daughter together. This is the first time they have been seen together since Liu’s arrest.
Last month, the accusations against Liu became one of the hottest topics of conversation on Chinese social media with netizens wondering what it meant for his international travel options and his high-profile marriage to Zhang.
On September 21st, Minneapolis police announced that they had completed their investigation into the rape claim against Liu. It is now up to local prosecutors to decide whether charges should be brought.
The scandal arose as Liu was attempting to distance himself from a rape that occurred in 2015 after a dinner party at his Sydney penthouse. On Friday, Liu’s guest, Chinese property developer Xu Longwei, was sentenced to four years in prison after being found guilty of seven offenses including having sex with a woman without her consent, knowing that she wasn’t consenting.
About 850 guests attended the wedding between Princess Eugenie, ninth in line to the throne, and her long-time partner Jack Brooksbank. It’s not clear how Liu and Zhang got an invite.