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Alibaba to sack manager accused of rape

Tech & IT desk || shiningbd

Published: 21:40, 9 August 2021  
Alibaba to sack manager accused of rape

Chinese technology giant Alibaba will sack a manager accused of rape, according to a memo seen by the BBC.

In the letter sent to employees of the firm, chief executive Daniel Zhang said two other bosses who failed to act on the allegation have resigned.

Alibaba is working with police after a female worker said her male boss raped her in a hotel room while she was unconscious after a "drunken night".

Her allegations have been widely shared on Chinese social media.

Mr Zhang said the manager accused of rape had admitted that "there were intimate acts" while the woman was "inebriated".

The letter went on to say: "He will be fired and never be rehired. Whether he has committed rape or indecency that violates the law will be determined by law enforcement."

The memo also highlighted that Alibaba would take responsibility for the woman's wellbeing, saying: "We will do everything we can to take care of her."

On Sunday, police in the eastern city of Jinan, where the incident took place, said they are investigating the allegations.

The woman's account of the incident, which was published in an eleven-page document, has prompted a social media storm on China's Twitter-like platform, Weibo.

The woman alleged that her manager coerced her into travelling to the city of Jinan, which is around 900km (560 miles) from Alibaba's head office in Hangzhou, for a meeting with a client.

 

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