Reporter: Yang Baozhen Lang Lang
Prosecutor: "We have seen it" when evaluating the case
Chuck Laszewski’s tone was affirmative when answering the reporter’s question “Would you like to see these videos when evaluating the case?” He replied: “Yes, we have seen it.”
Chuck Laszewski said that they have never released any videos about the case. In response to the reporter's question "Is this video one of the reasons why you decided not to sue?", he said that he could not comment on the case.
In an email to reporters, Chuck Laszewski once again stressed: "I discussed with my boss and we decided not to comment on these two videos."
The video shows "not drunk" and "open the door"
On the afternoon of April 22, the Weibo account named @明州事记 released two surveillance video clips about Liu Qiangdong's Mingzhou dinner. The scene of the first video is the dinner of the restaurant that night. The female party Liu Jingyu (transliteration) and Liu Qiangdong sit apart and talk to each other during the period. The text of the picture introduces “Ms. is not drunk”. After the meal, Liu Qiangdong and the people got up and left. Then, Liu Jingwei (sound) got up and left, and the text of the picture introduced "Ms. actively follow and leave." Recorded in another monitoring probe in the restaurant, Liu Jingyi once opened the door to everyone at the entrance of the restaurant. Liu Qiangdong walked out of the restaurant alone, and Liu Jingyi “takes the initiative to catch up again”.
The second video shows that Liu Jingwei (sound) asked Liu Qiangdong and his assistant to enter the apartment after swiping the card at the entrance of the apartment, and then entered the elevator together. At the door of another elevator, Liu Jingyu (sound) and Liu Qiangdong entered the elevator and the assistant stayed outside the elevator. In the next picture, the two changed to the elevator, and the woman held Liu Qiangdong's arm. The text in the video shows, "Ms. Liu Qiangdong walked into the room and took the initiative to open the door and asked him to enter."
On the afternoon of the 22nd, Chen Zhen, a lawyer of Beijing Jincheng Tongda Law Firm, uttered his voice through the actual name Weibo: I am the attorney of Mr. Liu Qiangdong, and the content of the video is confirmed by the parties.
Criminal proceedings have just subsided, and civil lawsuits have started to waver again.
In August 2018, Liu Jingwei, a student at the University of Minnesota, reported that he was sexually assaulted by Liu Qiangdong. After that, the Minnesota prosecutor investigated the rape allegations of Liu Qiangdong after four months of investigation. In December 2018, the US prosecutor decided not to sue Liu Qiangdong and found him criminally acquitted.
Michael Freeman, prosecutor of the Hennepin County Prosecutor's Office in Minnesota, said that there was a serious problem with the evidence, which made it impossible for any criminal charges to prove beyond reasonable doubt. “When we reviewed surveillance videos, text messages, police video cameras and witness statements, it was clear that we were unable to meet our certification requirements. Therefore we were unable to file charges because we did not want young women to suffer again, so we will not elaborate. ”
However, in the wake of the gradual turmoil in criminal proceedings, the civil suit in the case has started to waver. On April 16th, local time in the United States, Liu Jingyu, a girl in charge, filed a civil lawsuit against Liu Qiangdong in the court of Minneapolis.
In this lawsuit, Liu Jingyu (sound) will be Liu Qiangdong andJingdongInclusion in the accused, seeking at least $ 50,000 in damages. The lawsuit alleged that Liu Qiangdong and Jingdong had six counts, including illegal detention, civil assault and beatings, as well as sexual assault or beatings.
In the indictment, the contents of Liu Jingyao's statement include: "plaintiff was repeatedly coerced by defendant Liu Qiangdong to drink alcohol at the business and social dinner." When they arrived at plaintiff's apartment building, plaintiff, defendant, Liu Qiangdong and Alice got out of the car. Plaintiff thought that he was only sent to the door of the house, hoping to maintain politeness and respect, and did not want the situation to deteriorate, plaintiff and defendant Liu Qiangdong and Alice Zhang entered the building together. Defendant Liu Qiangdong instructs Alice Zhang not to follow in Chinese, etc.