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Peng Shuai retracts sexual assault claims as fears over wellbeing persist

Claim contradicts Chinese tennis player’s social media post in which she accused senior party figure of coercing her into sex

The Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai has denied that she had accused a former senior official of having sexually assaulted her, in what is believed to be the first foreign press interview since her November essay caused a media storm.

“I wanted to make this very clear: I have never claimed, or written about anyone having sexually assaulted me,” Peng said. “With regards to Weibo, it’s about my personal privacy … There’s been a lot of misunderstanding … There [should be] no distorted interpretation.”

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