Chinese human rights lawyer Teng Biao believes Peng Shuai made a “forced confession” during his interview with L’Equipe Magazine. Peng was reported missing in early December after accusing a former Chinese vice premier of sexual assault.
Recently, L’Equipe published an interview conducted with Peng, in which the player claimed that she never disappeared and never accused anyone of sexual assault.
“They would be forced to say what the Chinese authorities asked them to say under great pressure. That’s certainly Peng’s case,” Biao told Deutsche Welle.
Peng insisted she was safe and sound
“First of all, I would like to thank all the ATP and WTA players, all the athletes and all the personalities in large numbers who cared about me,” Peng told L’Equipe reporters.
“But I don’t think there is such concern (about me) and I would like to know: why such concern? I never disappeared, everyone could see me”
Regarding the charge against the Deputy Prime Minister for sexual assault. Peng said it was just a misunderstanding and she deleted the post herself.
“that [Mon message sur Weibo] caused a huge misunderstanding from the outside world,” Peng said. “I hope the meaning of this post will not be twisted again.
I never said someone sexually assaulted me.” When asked why it took her so long to make contact with the outside world, Peng said she couldn’t answer. so many messages that were sent to him.
“It’s just that many people, like my friends, including from the IOC, sent me messages, and it was quite impossible to reply to so many messages. But with my close friends, I always remained in close contact,” Peng said.
“I also discussed it with the WTA. But, at the end of the year, the communication computer of their website was changed and many players had difficulty logging in at that time. ”