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Peng Shuai retracts sexual assault allegations, claims ‘misunderstanding’

Peng Shuai has spoken amid ongoing controversy of her well-being in China, saying she by no means accused anybody of sexually assaulting her and that her social media publish from final month had been misunderstood.

The Chinese tennis participant’s wellbeing grew to become a priority all over the world when she seemingly alleged {that a} former Chinese vice premier, Zhang Gaoli, had sexually assaulted her.

Following the publish, she was absent from public view for nearly three weeks.

Peng, a former Wimbledon and French Open doubles champion, made the accusation through Chinese social media web site Weibo in early November to allege that Gaoli compelled her to have intercourse throughout a patchy relationship throughout a lot of years.

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Chinese officers rapidly eliminated traces of the message on the Chinese net, however Twitter screenshots made world headlines.

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She did an interview with international press on Sunday, which marked her first worldwide media look because the controversy got here to gentle final month.

Speaking with Lianhe Zaobao, a Chinese-language publication based mostly in Singapore, Peng claimed her social media publish was a “misunderstanding.”

“I wished to make this very clear: I’ve by no means claimed, or written about anybody having sexually assaulted me,” Peng stated.

“I’ve to obviously stress this level.

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“With regards to Weibo, it is about my private privateness . . . there’s been lots of misunderstanding . . . there [should be] no distorted interpretation.”

Unverified footage of Peng was additionally launched on-line by a Chinese journalist, the place she was seen talking with retired Chinese basketball star Yao Ming.

A pal despatched me this video displaying Chinese tennis star participant Peng Shuai talked with Yao Ming, one of the crucial beloved gamers in @NBA historical past, this morning at an occasion “FIS Cross-Country Skiing China City Tour’ in Shanghai. pic.twitter.com/Ebduv5rean

— Qingqing_Chen (@qingqingparis) December 19, 2021

Earlier in December, the Women’s Tennis Association introduced it might droop tournaments in China instantly because of issues over the remedy of Peng, in addition to the security of different gamers.

MORE: Former tennis professionals criticize ATP for not halting play in China

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