The Chinese college student who accused billionaire JD.com founder Richard Liu of rape has told how she now lives as a recluse, afraid to leave her apartment, amid relentless cyberbullying and claims she is a liar. Liu Jingyao, 22, accused Liu - who is known in China as Liu Qiangdong - of raping her after following her back to her Minneapolis apartment last August after the pair attended a booze-filled executives dinner where she was the only woman. She filed a police report alleging the assault but he insisted it was consensual and no charges were brought. Now, she is seeking at least $50,000 from him in civil court but she says she will donate $49,000 of it to Chinese feminists who have been supportive of her, keeping $1,000 for herself as reimbursement for a flight to New York to find a lawyer and the bed sheets she says were ruined in the attack. Liu Jingyao, 22, and Richard Liu are shown in surveillance camera pictures on the night of the attack, going into her … [Read more...] about Chinese college student who accused billionaire JD.com founder of rape breaks her silence to say she has been relentlessly cyber-bullied and labeled a ‘slut’ in China where she is treated ‘like Monica Lewinsky’
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Jeremy Corbyn has expressed his support for the Guardian and the BBC in the face of legal action over their reporting on overseas tax havens, which he described as “an immoral scourge”. The Labour leader said the investigative reporting involved in the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers was essential to promoting democratic debate. Senior MPs from the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties joined Labour in expressing support for investigative reporting and agreeing the disclosures were firmly in the public interest. The Guardian is to mount a defence against Appleby’s action, which is seeking to force the disclosure of the documents that formed the basis for a series of articles. Corbyn said: “The Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers shone a powerful light on the absolute scandal of tax dodging. Knowledge is power and investigative reporters and whistleblowers bring into the open information that strengthens democratic debate about the type of society we … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn leads criticism of Paradise Papers legal action
In his messages to Appleby, James O’Toole described himself as a “tax alchemist”, and with some reason. It seemed that with a few emails to the offshore law firm at the centre of the Paradise Papers leak, O’Toole could legitimately turn taxable assets into something that would pass unnoticed by UK tax authorities. Boats, shares, properties and cash were all transferred into offshore companies set up in tax havens such as Mauritius and Seychelles, their ownership obscured to reduce duties in the UK and Ireland. O’Toole, a British lawyer, co-runs a firm called Aston Court Chambers. Its speciality: aggressive tax avoidance. Working with advisers and offshore law firms such as Appleby, Aston Court sets up structures designed to help the wealthy hide and protect their assets from the taxman. There are all kinds of off-the-shelf schemes to help people do this. All of them are aggressive. Many of them are now likely to come under scrutiny from HMRC, which has … [Read more...] about James O’Toole: the ‘tax alchemist’ who can slip assets past UK taxman
Nagameh Adedini, seen here with her husband in undated photo, is hoping to make her case to the president. (Courtesy of ACLJ) Recent news of the January 21 Iranian trial of Christian Pastor Saeed Abedini before a Revolutionary Guard Court lit up social media and religious freedom activists and circles with sheer outrage over his plight and the rampant increase in Iran of persecution of religious minorities. But is religious liberty and these litmus cases a priority for the leader of the free world? Pastor Abedini did nothing more than convert from Islam to Christianity 13 years ago and begin preaching his message in an underground network of churches in Iran. He then came to the United States and became an American citizen raising his family in Idaho. His family reported that he returned last fall to Iran to start an orphanage and was snatched from a bus by the Iranian regime on Sept. 26, 2012. He was sent to the infamous Evin Prison in Tehran. The regime’s bogus claim? … [Read more...] about Where is the US Government in defense of Pastor Abedini and religious freedom?
David Dao, the passenger who police dragged from a United Airlines flight on Sunday, plans to file a lawsuit, his lawyer said at a press conference on Thursday. Amateur videos of the incident have received widespread attention in recent days, and caused a public relations nightmare for the airline. Thomas Demetrio, a lawyer for Dao, said at the press conference that a court hearing is scheduled for Monday in Chicago regarding the preservation of evidence for an eventual case. Dao "has come to understand that he's the guy," Demetrio said, "the guy to stand up for passengers going forward." Related: After defending staff, United boss apologizes for "horrific incident" "It has been a very difficult time for our entire family," Crystal Pepper, Dao's daughter, said at the press conference. "What happened to my dad should have never happened to any human being regardless of the circumstance. We were horrified and shocked and sickened to learn what had happened to him and to see what had … [Read more...] about United Passenger David Dao Plans to Sue Over Dragging Incident