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Chinese Billionaire Arrested in Minnesota in Sexual Misconduct Case

Richard Liu, the billionaire chief executive of one of China’s largest online retailers, was arrested Friday in Minnesota on a charge of criminal sexual conduct before being released a day later, according to police records.
Liu, the founder of JD.com, is one of the company's most revered leaders. The company said the accusations made against him were false in a statement posted Sunday on Chinese social media platform Weibo.

BEIJING — The billionaire chief executive of one of China’s largest online retailers was arrested Friday in Minnesota on a charge of criminal sexual conduct before being released a day later, according to police records.

According to the jail roster for the Hennepin County Sheriff’s office, Richard Liu, the founder of JD.com, was taken into custody by the Minneapolis police late Friday and freed Saturday afternoon.

In a statement posted Sunday afternoon on the Chinese social media platform Weibo, JD.com said that a false accusation had been made against Mr. Liu while he was in the United States on business, and that the local police had found no evidence of misconduct. The company said that Mr. Liu’s trip would continue as planned.

A company spokeswoman declined to comment further. When asked when Mr. Liu, whose Chinese name is Liu Qiangdong, would return to China, the spokeswoman said she did not have that information.
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