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FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2017, file photo, a Twitter page of Chinese exiles businessman Guo Wengui is seen on a computer screen in Beijing. Chinese real estate tycoon Guo, one of the ruling Communist Party’s most wanted exiles, has applied for political asylum in the United States, his lawyer said Thursday, Sept. 7, in a move that could keep him out of Beijing’s grasp for at least several more years. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

A new lawsuit accuses a prominent Chinese billionaire of raping a woman and holding her captive


A prominent, New York-based Chinese billionaire is accused of raping a woman and holding her against her will in a lawsuit filed Monday in Manhattan Supreme Court.

In the $20 million lawsuit, Rui Ma, 28, accuses billionaire Guo Wengui of luring her to New York from one of his China-based companies under the guise of a business trip, DNAinfo New York reports.

When Ma arrived in New York, Wengui told her she was going to work as his personal assistant and subsequently took her passport, she claims in the suit.

Ma claims Wengui raped her on two occasions. In one instance the lawsuit states, "After this violence concluded, [Wengui] left [Ma] alone, bleeding in her bed."

"[Ma] continued to live in constant fear of [Wengui] thereafter, remaining awake for as long as she could muster for fear that [Wengui] would again attack.”

Ma said she managed to escape to the Chinese embassy while working at Wengui's home in London, the New York Daily News reports.

After returning home to China, Ma filed criminal charges against the billionaire.

Wengui and his representatives did not respond to the Associated Press' repeated requests for comment. He did, however, tell a Chinese news outlet Friday that the rape allegations were a Chinese government ploy to silence him. Reuters reports that he's previously accused senior officials within China’s Communist Party of corruption and is seeking political asylum in the United States as a result.

This rape allegation, according to the Associated Press, is yet another element in a case that Chinese prosecutors are building against Wengui. Allegations against him include bribing a top Chinese intelligence official, kidnapping, fraud and money laundering.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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