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Richard Liu, CEO and founder of Chinese e-commerce company JD.com, is expected to ring the opening bell of the Nasdaq Market Building in New York on May 22, 2014. - Reuters pic
Richard Liu, CEO and founder of Chinese e-commerce company JD.com, is expected to ring the opening bell of the Nasdaq Market Building in New York on May 22, 2014. – Reuters pic

CHICAGO, Dec. 22 – Chinese technology billionaire and JD.com founder Richard Liu will not face criminal charges on charges of rape, a state prosecutor in Minnesota said yesterday.

The Hennepin County prosecutor's office announced that an investigation of the allegations against Liu found that the case had "profound, profound problems."

"When we looked at video surveillance, text messages, police camera videos and witness testimony, it was clear that we could not meet our burden of proof and therefore we could not file charges," prosecutor Mike Freeman said in a statement.

Freeman said the case was typical of many other sexual assault investigations in which Liu claimed that sex was consensual.

Liu – the 45-year-old billionaire founder of JD.com – was arrested in Minneapolis on August 31 when he was in the United States as part of a doctoral program in business administration offered by the University of Minnesota.

He was accused of rape by a 21-year-old student who dined with him and a group of others before the alleged incident.

Among the evidence, the researchers analyzed the video of police corps cameras that initially talked to Liu and the alleged victim, according to the prosecution.

The cameras captured portions of conversations in Mandarin between Liu and the woman, the prosecutor said.

"As is the case in many incidents of sexual assault, it was a complicated situation," Freeman said.

"Since we do not want to victimize the young woman again, we will not go into details."

Forbes estimates that Liu's value is $ 5.5 billion, a fortune derived from its 15% stake in JD.com. – AFP

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