Chinese vice mayor accused of attempted rape

Written by Staff Writer, CNN Police say they are investigating a vice mayor of Guangzhou, a regional capital in southern China, after he alleged that a retired Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader tried to…

Chinese vice mayor accused of attempted rape

Written by Staff Writer, CNN

Police say they are investigating a vice mayor of Guangzhou, a regional capital in southern China, after he alleged that a retired Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader tried to sexually assault him.

Police said they “have launched an investigation in connection with” the accusations, which surfaced on China’s popular microblogging site Weibo last week.

The Guanxi Municipality city government later confirmed the vice mayor’s accusations, saying Feng Xiange — a former boss of its pollution department — had been suspended from his duties and placed under investigation.

Feng was a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Chinese Communist Party from June 2001 to June 2007. He left the party in 2014.

In an interview with the South China Morning Post, Feng Xiange explained he found himself in a “moment of crisis” when he came out of a restaurant on June 30.

“The atmosphere suddenly seemed very uncomfortable,” Feng said. “The chairmen and the two deputies were shaking and the chairman proposed that if I would join him to propose a new meeting of the Standing Committee. He also offered to show me his private parts.”

Feng reportedly said he agreed to join the meeting, only to be told to touch his buttocks and rub his crotch and was propositioned for sexual intercourse twice.

He said he backed out of the meeting, saying he was worried he would be accused of violating party discipline, but was promptly suspended from his job.

Local media reports that Feng had previously worked as a party member in Hebei province and was mentioned on Jiangsu provincial party secretariats’ profiles on Sina Weibo.

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