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Han Han withdraws lawsuit from Putuo court

HAN Han, a popular young author and race-car driver, has withdrawn his lawsuit against "science cop" Fang Zhouzi for damaging his reputation, the Putuo District People's Court said this morning.

The court approved the withdrawal and said Han's lawyer applied to withdraw the case just one day after the court accepted it.

Tao Xinliang, a member of Han's lawyer team, said Han decided to withdraw the suit because it also brought Liu Zeming, a netizen who had commented on Han's incident, as a second defendant.

"Han said he didn't want any ordinary netizens to be involved in the case because they just commented or forwarded microblogs," said Tao on his microblog this morning. "Our only appeal for Liu is to delete his comments."

Acting on Han's request, Tao applied for a withdrawal on Friday but he said Han will continue his lawsuit against Fang in the city's Jinshan District People's Court.

Xu Yongqi, an official with the Jinshan District People's Court, said Han filed a lawsuit last Monday but took back all the materials on Friday.

"So far, we haven't received any appeal or materials from Han," said Xu.

Han locked horns with Fang during the Spring Festival after Fang, who earned his "science cop" nickname by exposing scientific fraud, accused Han of hiring ghostwriters to pen his novels and sustain his literary output.


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