Chinese #MeToo Movement on Sexual Harrassment Reaches COURT

Chinese #MeToo Movement on Sexual Harrassment Reaches COURT

Chinese #MeToo Movement on Sexual Harrassment Reaches COURT
Photo: Daily Mail UK, AFP

The #MeToo Movement reached the China high court thanks to a sexual harrassment case in Beijing, The Daily Mail reports.

On Wednesday, Zhou Xiaoxuan, 27, expanded the conversation against a powerful Chinese media figure at CCTV.

So far, China first-ever civil code passed in May, which includes an expanded definition of sexual harrassment.

However, many women remained hesitant to come forward because in some places, controversies like this hardly make it to court.

“I’m very nervous,” Zhou told AFP. 

Chinese #MeToo Movement on Sexual Harrassment Reaches COURT
Photo: Daily Mail UK, AFP

“If we lose, it allows the questions we raised at least to remain in history. Someone will have to give us an answer,” she continued.

To backtrack, Zhou said she found herself alone with television host Zhu Jun in a dressing room in 2014.

The TV personality then groped and forcibly kissed her after asking if she wanted to continue working for the channel.

Before Zhou made the case, she interned at the CCTV and worked once at the annual Spring Festival Gala, which Zhu hosted. 

Needless to say, Zhu denied the allegations and counter-sued Zhou after accusing her of damaging his reputation.

Thankfully, around a hundred supporters vied for Zhou’s justice outside the court.

Some holding banners reading ‘#MeToo’ and ‘We oppose sexual harrassment’ in Mandarin, including activist Lucy Lu.

“No matter what happens, we think she is very brave,” she said.

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