Accusations brought both publicly and anonymously against a few dozen looking in industries ranging from media to academia have sparked a backlash, and sinceat least six men have brought defamation suits against either their accusers or people who helped publicize the accusations.
Although China allowed sexual misconduct as a ground for lawsuits inthe definition of such harassment remains murky and very few cases are filed. However, the movement has had difficulty gaining traction in China, where politics, arts and the business world remain overwhelmingly male-dominated. In a blow to the MeToo movement in China, a court in Zhejiang province found a young man and woman guilty of defamation against a prominent Chinese journalist on Tuesday, Jan.
Throughout the process, Zou and He said they faced a higher burden of proof under Chinese law.
Comments 3 1of3Supporters hold banners as they wait for of Zhou Xiaoxuan outside at a courthouse where Zhou is appearing in a sexual harassment case in Beijing on Wednesday, Dec. They plan to appeal the ruling. Most Popular.
The article came amid a swell of allegations as young women across China went public with stories of sexual assault and misconduct as part of the global MeToo movement. The case was based on an article written by He that Zou published online inin which He alleged Deng lured her to a hotel room in to discuss story ideas, then removed her clothes and tried to kiss and grope her.
Many have been prosecuted in courts as labor disputes or under laws to protect public reputations. He said that at the time, she was a year-old intern at a news magazine where Deng was chief reporter.