Liu Qiangdong will not face rape charges, says attorney

Liu Qiangdong Photo: Reuters

The share price of, China's second-largest shopping site after Alibaba, jumped 5 percent on Wednesday after Jill Brisbois, an attorney for the company's founder and CEO Liu Qiangdong, told Shanghai-based news website that she doesn't think Liu will face charges over an allegation of rape.

"We don't think prosecutors will bring charges because they will find that the charges are inconsistent with the evidence," Brisbois said.

"Once the investigation is over, evidence will be revealed to the public showing that he is not guilty," she added.

Brisbois' response came a day after Reuters published details of accuser's WeChat messages to her friends. 

The 21-year-old University of Minnesota student wrote in Chinese on the messaging platform at around 2 am on August 31, saying Liu had forced her to have sex with him.

But spokeswoman Loretta Chao said the information "doesn't tell the full story".

Zhang Zetian, the wife of Liu, on Monday commented on social media for the first time since her husband was arrested on suspicion of rape and later released by Minneapolis police.

"As long as the whole family is together, life is complete. Hope that with perseverance the clouds will part to show the moon," Zhang, 24, said.

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