Beijing — The arrest of Chinese billionaire Richard Liu in Minnesota at the weekend was for suspicion of rape, local police have said — increasing the seriousness of the potential legal charges against one of the country’s most prominent and wealthy businessmen. CEO Liu Qiangdong, who also uses the name Richard, was taken into custody on Friday evening and released 16 hours later on an accusation of what was originally disclosed only as "criminal sexual conduct", according to county records. The police then released a report that specified the suspected offence as "criminal sexual conduct — rape — completed". Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder said police responded on Friday night, found Liu and another individual, took photos and arrested the CEO, without specifying the location. The case is being investigated as a rape, he said, but authorities decided not to keep Liu in custody and have not imposed any travel restrictions while conducting their investigatio...

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