The Johnny Depp-Amber Heard Trial Strikes a Parallel Chord in China

Supporters hold banners as they wait for of Zhou Xiaoxuan outside at a courthouse in Beijing, Dec. 2, 2020.
Supporters hold banners as they wait for of Zhou Xiaoxuan outside at a courthouse where Zhou was appearing in a sexual harassment case, Beijing, Dec. 2, 2020 (AP photo by Andy Wong).

When Zhou Xiaoxuan, a former intern at China’s state broadcaster, was groped by Zhu Jun, a prominent news anchor, in 2014, she was told by police to keep quiet about her ordeal and consider his status as a national “positive energy” icon. Simply put, Zhu’s value as a newscaster was deemed by law enforcement to be more important than justice for Zhou. Zhou, who also goes by the nickname of Xianzi, later filed a civil suit in 2021 to seek damages, a move that turned out to be unsuccessful. Though her civil suit was dismissed a year prior to the Johnny Depp-Amber […]

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