A federal judge threw out a case filed by a former intern at the Phoenix Satellite Television's US Office against the bureau chief Mr. Liu Zhengzhu. The intern had accused Liu of making suggestive sexual comments luring her to his hotel room, where he kiss her and groped her.
The judge decided that unpaid interns and volunteers was not protected from sexual harassment under federal laws because they were not considered employees.
In one secretly recorded video, Liu could be heard speaking to a woman, 'You look pretty good, let me hug you...', while the woman was moving towards the door, Liu was heard saying, 'Don't move, don't move, I like you so much...no one will come in.. let me have a look, let me fuck you.' The music for Phoenix's morning broadcast can be heard playing in the background.
Other interns told stories Liu broke in their apartment to rape them, and groped them in the office, kisses on job interviews, etc.
Hong Kong based Phoenix TV is known to be backed by the Chinese government. Ruper Murdoch also owns 12 percent of it.
Phoenix TV released a statement, claiming that the lawsuit is full of inaccuracies and false statements.