TAIPAI – A woman who filed a case for sexual misconduct against a famous TV presenter was cheered by crowds demonstrating their support for her and the young #MeToo movement in China, while a court in Beijing heard her case on Wednesday.
The court adjourned without a sentence around midnight. It was not possible to determine when the court would resume the case.
Despite uncertainty about how the case would unfold, the crowd seemed charged when 27-year-old Zhou Xiaosuan came out of court, according to videos circulating online and on stage. After about 11 hours of proceedings were over, she said she would continue her case. Supporters who had waited all day in the cold burst into applause.
Ms. Zhou accuses Zhu Joon, a state television presenter at China Central Television and a household name in China, of touching and kissing her six years ago when she was an intern for his program. Ms. Zhou said she reported the incident to police the next day, but was called to close the case because of Mr. Zhu̵
In 2018, Ms. Zhou filed a civil lawsuit against Mr. Zhu after her account – initially shared in a private social media group – went public. He denied the allegations, filing a defamation lawsuit against Ms. Zhou and Xu Chao, a woman who shared her account with a wider online audience on China’s Twitter-like social media site Weibo. An attempt to contact Ms. Xu through her Weibo account was unsuccessful.