US arm of major Chinese media company facing suit


WASHINGTON (AP) — Several current or former employees working for the US arm of a major Chinese media company have filed lawsuits accusing a former Washington bureau chief of sexually harassing interns and employees.

Phoenix Satellite Television US, the American subsidiary of Hong Kong-based Phoenix Media Group, is facing two lawsuits with similar allegations, one in New York and a second in Washington.

Both lawsuits allege sexual harassment by Phoenix's former Washington bureau chief, Zhengzhu Liu.

A lawyer for the company said Monday that Liu was fired after Phoenix investigated sexual assault allegations brought against him in 2012.

Reached by telephone, Liu declined to discuss the case but said he retired from Phoenix at the end of 2012. Liu's lawyer, Stephen Shawe, said his client denies engaging in any unlawful conduct.

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