The Washington Post

Court ruling a setback for #Metoo movement


A Beijing court ruled against a woman Tuesday in a #Metoo case that wound through the courts for three years, dealing a blow to China’s tamped-down movement.

The Haidian People’s Court said in a judgment released late Tuesday that Zhou Xiaoxuan, who had become the face of China’s #Metoo movement, did not meet the burden of proof in claiming that Zhu Jun, her superior at work, sexually harassed her.

Zhou was a former intern at the Chinese state broadcaste­r CCTV and went public with accusation­s against Zhu, a CCTV host, in 2018 as dozens of women began to speak out about being harassed or assaulted. Since then, authoritie­s have largely shut down the movement.

Zhou brought the suit against Zhu to counter a suit he lodged against her. She accused him of groping and forcibly kissing her in 2014, and asked for a public apology as well as the equivalent of $7,600 in damages.

Putin in self-isolation after coronaviru­s exposure:

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would self-isolate after people close to him tested positive for the coronaviru­s. The news came from the Kremlin in a transcript of a call between Putin and Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, in which Putin said he would attend a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperatio­n Organizati­on, planned for later this week in Tajikistan’s capital, virtually instead of in person. The Kremlin said Putin is “absolutely healthy” and has not tested positive for the coronaviru­s. He was vaccinated against the coronaviru­s in March with his country’s Sputnik V vaccine.

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