JD.com founder’s arrest in Minnesota was on suspicion of rape

Chinese billionaire Liu Qiangdong was arrested last week on suspicion of rape, Minneapolis police said Tuesday as they continue to investigate the entrepreneur’s actions during a residency at the University of Minnesota.

Liu was released Saturday and returned shortly thereafter to China. He appeared at an event in Beijing on Tuesday for the e-commerce site he founded, JD.com Inc. JD, -5.97% 

In Minneapolis, where Liu spent last week at a residency for a Ph.D. program in business administration offered by the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, authorities continued to investigate what people familiar with the situation say is a complaint against Liu by a female student from China.

Earl Gray, an attorney for Liu, on Tuesday said he doesn’t expect Liu to face any charges. A Minneapolis police spokesman said the investigation is continuing. Liu hasn’t been charged with any crimes. Minneapolis police said the alleged rape occurred Friday morning at 1 a.m. Liu was apprehended Friday evening.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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