Chinese property developer has been jailed in Australia for rape, a crime which occurred after he attended a dinner party at the home of Richard Liu, the billionaire founder of JD.com who has been in the news recently after being accused of rape in the United States.
The property developer, Xu Longwei, was sentenced to four years in prison on Friday with judge Nicole Noman describing him as an arrogant man who believed that his alleged charm and wealth would be able to persuade a young model who clearly did not want to have sex with him, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
“Mr. Xu displayed a sense of entitlement and acted to take what he wants without any regard to the victim,” Noman said.
Back in July, Xu was found guilty of seven crimes, including indecent assault, assault, and having sex with a woman without her consent, knowing that she wasn’t consenting.
The court heard that Xu brought his victim to Liu’s lavish Sydney penthouse where a dinner party was being hosted for Xu’s birthday on December 26th, 2015. Xu then encouraged her to drink. After she was unable to properly sit or stand, he offered to take her home.
However, instead of driving her home, Xu brought her to a hotel where he stripped off her clothes and tried to have sex with her, despite her struggling and telling him “no.” At the trial, the woman said that Xu had told her that she “could not refuse him” and that he would buy her a boat afterward.
Liu, the 44-year-old CEO of e-commerce giant JD.com, Alibaba’s main rival, had tried to distance himself from the case with a legal representative claiming that Liu did not know Xu or his victim. However, earlier this year, Liu lost a legal battle to keep his name out of the press and court records.
On August 31st, Liu himself was arrested in Minnesota after being accused of “criminal sexual conduct – rape -completed.” He was released the next day and was soon back in China. Liu has denied the accusations and has not been charged with any crime. Last month, Minneapolis police announced that they had completed their investigation into the rape claim. It is now up to local prosecutors to decide whether charges should be brought.