Li Tianyi, 17, son of PLA singers Li Shuangjiang and Meng Ge, pleaded not guilty to gang rape on Wednesday as his trial kicked off in Beijing’s Haidian People’s Court.
An “insider” told Beijing News that Li said he was sleepy on February 17 after a night of drinking, so when he and four friends brought the alleged victim, a 23-year-old woman surnamed Yang, up to a hotel room — where they took turns raping / having sex with her (depending on who you believe) — he was not up to task.
“Neither the court nor the lawyers involved confirmed Li had made that statement,” according to China Daily.
The article goes on to detail the last six months in this saga, featuring accusations (calling Yang a prostitute), new defense teams, blackmail, and plenty of reminders that young Li has strayed from the law in the past.
At the age of 15, Li and a friend, driving expensive cars without licenses, attacked a couple that allegedly stood in their way and scoffed at onlookers about calling the police. He was sentenced to one year in a juvenile correctional facility.
The trial continues today, is in fact happening as we speak. Updates as they become available.
Singers’ son pleads not guilty (China Daily)