Richard Liu returned to China after being arrested in the United States for alleged sexual misconduct
A Chinese billionaire who founded the Beijing-based e-commerce site JD.com returned to China after being arrested in the United States for alleged sexual misconduct.
Richard Liu, also known by his Chinese name Liu Qiangdong, was arrested on charges of misconduct late on Friday and released on Saturday afternoon in Minneapolis.
The Minneapolis Police Department said during the weekend that the investigation remained active, but did not confirm the details of the arrest or accusations against Liu, 45.
Today, his company said in a statement: "He has been released without charges and without bail.
"Mr. Liu has returned to work in China."
JD.com, the company that Liu founded in 1998, is a monster of e-commerce in China and the main competitor of the industry leader Alibaba.
In the state of Minnesota, "criminal sexual behavior" encompasses a broad spectrum of non-consensual sexual activity.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Monday that its consulate in Chicago was closely following developments in the case.
I was looking for information and verification from related US authorities, "ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters.
In a previous statement posted on the Weibo Chinese social network, JD.com described the accusations as false. It seemed to contradict the US police. UU Adding that the authorities found no evidence of misconduct and released Liu to continue his trip.
Richard Liu (pictured in 2014) is back in China after a brief US arrest. UU
JD.com, which is listed on Nasdaq, advanced in its battle against the e-commerce giant Alibaba by operating its own logistics network and offering Chinese customers same-day or next-day delivery for many of their purchases.
In June, Google announced that it would invest more than half a billion dollars in JD.com as part of a move to expand retail services around the world.
The companies will join JD's logistics and supply chain expertise with Google technology to create a customized "next-generation" retail service in regions including Southeast Asia, USA. UU And Europe, both companies reported in a statement.
It is said that Liu, a married father-of-two, is worth approximately $ 7.9 billion.