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.