A court in Beijing on August 10 turned down an appeal from a sexual harassment plaintiff against a popular host of state broadcaster CCTV. 

As Reuters reported, 29-year-old Zhou Xiaoxuan was appealing against a Beijing court ruling last year that her sexual harassment case against CCTV host Zhu Jun lacked evidence.

In 2018, Zhou Xiaoxuan first came out on social media that the popular TV presenter groped and forcibly kissed her when she was still his intern in 2014. Zhu Jun, who is also one of the most famous celebrities in China, filed a reputation damage case against her, demanding compensation.

Zhou Xiaoxuan filed a lawsuit against Zhu Jun for the same accusations. Her complaint was later amended to a sexual harassment case, with the former CCTV intern seeking an apology and damages of 50,000 yuan ($7,600). 

A court in China’s capital dismissed her complaint in September 2021, saying her evidence was insufficient. She then appealed the case.

After a closed-door hearing, on Wednesday the latest judgment repeated the same statements, upholding the original ruling.

On social media, the court says, “The court held that the evidence submitted by the appellant Zhou was not sufficient to prove that Zhu had sexually harassed, her and that the appeal could not be substantiated.”

Zhou Xiaoxuan remained positive, however, saying on social media, “I have no regrets about standing up to all this, and I know that all painful feelings and hardships are precious, and I hope that you are like me, but still believe that everything has meaning.”

For the CCTV broadcaster, although he won the case, the Financial Breakfast noted his reputation and career had gone downhill since the allegations took place. The paper reported in January this year that he has been dismissed from the state media. Although, his termination was not explicitly deemed to be issued from the legal battle.

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