US-based employees allege harassment at HK broadcaster
WASHINGTON, District of Columbia (AFP) - United States (US)-based workers have filed a lawsuit against Hong Kong-based broadcaster Phoenix television, alleging years of harassment including attempted rape by its bureau chief against women employees, lawyers said on Thursday.
Four former or current employees are seeking damages from Phoenix, one of the few non-official broadcasters allowed to air in mainland China. Mr Rupert Murdoch's News Corp holds a minority stake in Phoenix.
The former workers alleged that Mr Liu Zhengzhu, who was Phoenix's bureau chief until late 2012, over eight years regularly tried to lure women into sex at work functions or hotels in Washington and New York.
The lawsuit, filed in a federal court in Washington, said Mr Liu "intentionally preyed on the most vulnerable employees" and boasted of his connections at Phoenix's Hong Kong headquarters.