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Listen on YoutubeA top Chinese tennis player on the women’s tour explosive #MeToo allegation against a former state leader has been muffled by blanket censorship, with authorities racing to wipe out any mention of a politically sensitive scandal that has reverberated across the Chinese internet.
According to CNN reporting:
The Weibo post was explicit and full of details of their long term affair which was broken off years ago but then resumed recently. In the post the Chinese star says ”
Her post on Weibo did not explain the circumstances of their first sexual engagement however it did suggest that it was a long term relationship with the married man.
Then, one morning about three years ago after Zhang had retired, the post alleges Peng was suddenly invited by him to play tennis in Beijing. Afterward, she writes, Zhang and his wife brought Peng back to their home, where Peng claimed she was pressured into having sex with Zhang.
“That afternoon I did not agree at first and was crying all the time,” Peng wrote. After dinner with Zhang and his wife, and following much persuading from Zhang, she relented, according to the post.
Like Zhang, his wife Kang Jie remains closely shielded by the government and could not be reached for comment.
“I was panicking and I was scared, and I agreed to it with my feelings for you from seven years ago,” the post said.
Peng said she then entered an extramarital relationship with Zhang, but she suffered “too much injustice and insults.” She claimed they got into a quarrel last week, and Zhang refused to meet her and disappeared.
Peng said she did not have evidence to prove her allegations, and claimed Zhang was always worried that she would record things.
“I know that for someone of your eminence, Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, you said you were not afraid. But even if it’s just me, like an egg hitting the stone, a moth flying into flames, courting self-destruction, I would tell the truth about us,” she wrote. CNN cannot independently verify Peng’s claims.
Information surrounding the personal lives of senior Chinese officials is typically shrouded in secrecy, with even some of the most basic biographical information considered taboo. Under Xi, however, the supposed extravagances and misdeeds of some disgraced officials caught up in his anti-corruption campaign have been made widely public, providing a rare window into their private lives.