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Hundreds sign petition in support of lawsuit against founder

Hundreds of people have signed a petition in solidarity with a University of Minnesota student, who filed a civil lawsuit against Inc founder and chief executive Richard Liu last week.

Liu Jingyao, who alleges the CEO sexually assaulted her when he attended a program at the university, received the support of more than 500 people over the weekend – with the petition being shared across social messaging service WeChat.

“To Liu Jingyao: You are not alone. We believe in survivors, we believe in your bravery and honesty, we will always stand with you,” the petition read.

“We must join hands and march together in the face of the challenge of a culture of blaming the victims of rape.”

According to Reuters, the petition was shared with the hashtag HereForJingyao.

Richard Liu was arrested in Minnesota on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct in August, and was later released by police due to a “false accusation”, according to

“The local police quickly determined there was no substance to the claim against Mr. Liu, and he was subsequently able to resume his business activities as originally planned,” a statement said.

The founder of the Chinese e-commerce giant has maintained his innocence throughout the process.

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