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Peng Shuai sexual assault allegation: Dubious letter emerges following ‘disturbing’ disappearance of Chinese tennis star


Chinese state media CGTN has released a dubious email alleged to be from Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai claiming she is fine amid growing concern for her whereabouts.

The purported email – which has not been verified by CNN – also appears to walk back Peng’s sexual allegations against former top Communist Party leader Zhang Gaoli.

It was sent to the Women’s Tennis Association Chairman and CEO Steve Simon, CGTN reported on Thursday (AEDT).

“Hello everyone this is Peng Shuai,” the dubious email reads.

“Regarding the recent news released on the official website of the WTA, the content has not been confirmed or verified by myself and it was released without my consent.

“The news in that release, including the allegation of sexual assault, is not true. I’m not missing, nor am I unsafe. I’ve just been resting at home and everything is fine.”

“If the WTA publishes any more news about me, please verify it with me, and release it with my consent.

“As a professional tennis player, I thank you all for your companionship and consideration.

“I hope to promote Chinese tennis with you all if I have the chance in the future. I hope Chinese tennis will become better and better.”

WTA CEO Simon said he doubts the email is authentic, and that it raises his concerns for Peng’s safety.

Peng Shuai has been missing since she made allegations of sexual assault.
Peng Shuai has been missing since she made allegations of sexual assault. Credit: Fred Lee/Getty Images



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