Acclaimed Chinese writer sues sexual harassment accuser
Young writer Guo Jingming
Guo's lawyers say they are collecting evidence and are launching a lawsuit. If found guilty, Li could face a jail sentence of up to three years, reports sina.com.
The case relates to comments made by Li on his personal Weibo account on August 21, in which he described events that took place at a hotel room in Chengdu where the two writers were attending book signing ceremonies. Li invited followers to discuss how to deal with such a situation, saying he wanted to protect others from falling into the same trap.
Guo has denied Li's accusations.
A screenshot of Guo Jingming's response on Weibo [Photo: weibo.com]
According to Yi Shenghua from Beijing's Yingke Law Firm, although same-sex indecency is illegal, Li Feng will need to prove that Guo sexually assaulted him in order to counter the libel charges.
"If other victims come forward, helping to testify against Guo, Li Feng still could win the case," says Yi Shenghua.
Yi said that Guo Jingming wanted Li to face criminal penalties, so as to prove his determination and innocence.
Writer Li Feng
In such 'moral' cases, courts usually advise mediation to reconcile the two sides.