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KTV waitress had not been raped, say police

A WAITRESS detained over stabbing a man to death in central China had not been raped, said police after the 22-year-old suspect earned nationwide sympathy for allegedly defending herself from an attempted sexual assault.

No evidence showed Deng Yujiao, a karaoke waitress at a hotel, had been raped, according to a statement posted by the government of Badong County in Hubei Province over the weekend, which quoted police.

The statement also said Dengís mother Zhang Shumei had fired two Beijing attorneys she hired last Thursday on behalf of Deng as they released information that Deng had been sexually assaulted.

The two lawyers were reported to have met Deng twice in her detention house in Badong on May 21 and urged Zhang to ask local police to keep what Deng was wearing during the incident.

However, Zhang had washed all the clothes Deng wore on the night except her bra.

Deng was sent to Youfu Hospital in Hubeiís Enshi City for observation after police discovered antidepressants in her handbag.

Deng killed a local official, Deng Guida, and injured his colleague, Huang Dezhi, at the entertainment venue on May 10.

A dispute broke out after the woman allegedly rejected the officialsí requests for ìspecial service,? a term understood to mean sex in Chinese.

Police detained Deng on manslaughter charges.

The All-China Womenís Federation has expressed concern about Dengís case.

Zhang told the Orient Today newspaper that her daughter had been tied to a bed in the hospital for days and that this amounted to torture.

Footage aired by the Enshi TV station showed Deng was in the hospital bed, crying: ìPapa, papa, they beat me.?


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