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JD.com chief was accused of rape: Minneapolis police

Founder back to work in China days after release without bail

JD.com CEO Richard Liu Qiangdong speaks with Nikkei in a 2017 interview. (Photo by Masayuki Kozono)

NEW YORK -- Chinese e-commerce company JD.com's founder and CEO, Richard Liu Qiangdong, was arrested late last week on suspicion of rape, according to a Minneapolis Police Department report seen by the Nikkei Asian Review.

In a statement via Weibo, JD.com denied the "false accusation" encountered during Liu's business activities in the U.S. and said a police investigation had found no misconduct.

The report lists Liu's alleged offense as felony "criminal sexual conduct -- rape," completed without a weapon. He was released without bail over the weekend and went back to China to return to work, JD.com's statement said.

He made the spotlight again on Tuesday, appearing at an event in Beijing for a partnership with Ruyi, the Chinese owner of Aquascutum and other fashion brands.

"There is no believable or credible evidence that he has done anything wrong and he denies any wrongdoing," Liu's lawyer Earl Gray said, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The police investigation continues into the attack said to have taken place early Friday on a Chinese student, the Journal reported. Liu was in Minneapolis for a residency in a Ph.D. program in business administration at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management.

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