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Han Han brings 'science cop' Fang Zhouzi to court

HAN Han, a popular young author accused of hiring ghostwriters to pen his novels, has handed his civil suit to the Putuo District People's Court this morning against by his accuser, the renowned "science cop" Fang Zhouzi.

The court said Han entrusted his lawyer to hand in the lawsuit materials, which will be reviewed by the court to decide whether to investigate the case or not.

Han did not appear in the court himself.

The standard procedure of filing a case normally takes one week but it will be a little longer if the court demands more materials from the plaintiff, said Sun Chao, a court official.

Sun said the court will not reveal Han's claim to the public until the case is accepted and goes to a public hearing.

It is reported that Fang will be charged with defamation for publishing articles analyzing Han's novels and accusing him of hiring ghostwriters last month.

Han, one of China's most watched bloggers, responded in writing posted online that he would pay 20 million yuan to anyone who had evidence to prove his hiring of ghostwriters.

Han has demanded a public apology from Fang and 100,000 yuan (US$15,790) for reputation damages.

Han, 29, was placed 48th in The World's 50 Most Influential Figures 2010 by the British magazine New Statesman.


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