Chinese star drops sex case lawsuit

BEIJING: A 19-year-old pool player who sued the Chinese sports ministry after alleging she was sexually harassed by a teammate has dropped her case, officials said yesterday. 

The scandal blew up in December when Zhou Mengmeng told the media at the Asian Games in Doha that she had been harassed and beaten by a male teammate. She then pulled out of a quarter-final match, saying she was too upset to play. 

Following an investigation, the sports ministry found that a scuffle had taken place and banned both Zhou and the male colleague for a year while demanding an apology for pulling out of the match. 

Zhou's lawyer later filed defamation charges against two ministry officials, charging them with casting doubt on her version of events, but the suit has now been withdrawn, the ministry said. 

“She has withdrawn the suit and apologised to the sports ministry, to the pool federation and to her fans,” said a ministry official who asked not to be named. “Zhou filed the required letter of apology.” – AFP 

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