NEW CHINESE-MEDIA PENG SHUAI VIDEO ‘INSUFFICIENT,’ WTA MAINTAINS THREAT TO PULL TOURNAMENT
The Florida congressman discussed the athlete’s reported disappearance on “Fox & Friends Weekend” Sunday and the letter he sent to the Chinese government demanding answers.
“Imagine if the number one tennis star, a major sports celebrity in the United States, leveled a sexual assault allegation, a very credible one, saying that a major political figure like the vice president had abused them for years and then that athlete just disappeared off the face of the Earth,” Rep. Waltz posited.
“That’s what’s happened in China… Everything’s been censored, and now she’s gone, and so the letter that we sent to the ambassador said, stop with the censorship, give us verifiable proof of her health and safety, and this needs to be fully investigated,” Rep. Waltz explained.
FILE – Peng Shuai of China celebrates after winning the women’s singles match against Venus Williams of the United States in the China Open tennis tournament at the National Tennis Stadium in Beijing, Monday, Oct. 3, 2016. The disappearance of tennis star Peng Shuai in China following her accusation of sexual assault against a former top Communist Party official has shined a spotlight on similar cases involving political dissidents, entertainers, business leaders and others who have run afoul of the authorities. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)