Peng Shuai repeats sexual assault denial in first Western media interview

Her disappearance, shortly after the post, caused concern around the world but, in an interview with French newspaper L’Equipe at a hotel in Beijing, Peng repeated that she had never made such allegations.

“In the text that we saw in Europe, you accused someone of sexual assault. What did you really write? We don’t understand,” the newspaper asked.

“A sexual assault? I never said anyone sexually assaulted me in any way,” Peng said, without giving further details.

In his now-deleted post on Weibo in China, Peng wrote “why did you take me to your house and force me to have sex with you?” although she also described the relationship with Zhang as an on-and-off relationship that was also consensual.

Australian Open spectators wearing “Where’s Peng Shuai?” Tee-shirts

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Peng told the French newspaper that her social media post had caused a ‘huge misunderstanding’, repeating comments reported by a Singapore media outlet in December, and that she didn’t want ‘more hype’ about it. .

“I would like to say that feelings, sport and politics are three very different things. My love life issues, my personal life should not be mixed up with sports and politics,” she said via translator.

“Sport should not be politicized because when that happens most of the time it amounts to turning your back on the Olympic spirit and it goes against the will of the sporting world and the athletes.”

It came after she said the post was “a private matter” and “people have a lot of misunderstandings” about it.

She said: “I have to stress a point which is extremely important, I have never said or written that anyone sexually assaulted me, I must clearly stress this point.”

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