Hu Shuli Asks New York Judge To Force Guo Wengui To Provide Documents Backing His Claims

Guo Wengui, a Chinese real estate magnate who now lives abroad, including at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, in London, March 29, 2016. Guo says a ferocious struggle led to the collapse of a business deal pitting him against relatives of a retired top Communist Party official, He Guoqiang. (Andrew Testa/The New York Times)

For months, wealthy Chinese businessman Guo Wengui has launched accusations of corruption against China’s political and business elite, using social media from his $67 million Manhattan apartment. This week The New York Times called Guo and his tweets the “biggest political story in China this year.”

Guo has struck a chord with those who believe corruption is widespread in China and he clearly has worked at high levels of business power in China. But many of Guo’s accusations are unsubstantiated. Now, one of his big targets is asking a New York State judge to force Guo to cough up evidence to back his claims.

Hu Shuli, the prominent Chinese journalist and founder of Caixin Media, is asking New York State Judge Gerald Lebovits to compel Guo to turn over documents and recordings that prove the claims he has made against Hu and Caixin.

In a 10-page document filed in Manhattan’s New York state court this week, Hu and Caixin say Guo has used his Twitter and Facebook feeds to claim “that one or both have engaged in false journalism, extortion, lascivious sexual conduct, and drug abuse,” and that Guo “should be ordered to comply” with a request for evidence to back his allegations.

Hu filed the motion to compel production of documents and recordings as part of a lawsuit initially filed in April in which Hu and Caixin accused Guo of libel. Hu says Guo has attacked her ever since Caixin published an investigative report in 2015 on Guo’s effort to use a sex tape to oust a Beijing deputy mayor so Guo could acquire real estate for his flagship development, a dragon-shaped building near Beijing’s Olympic Stadium.

For his part, Guo has accused Hu of extortion, saying on his Facebook account that he would reveal details of a conspiracy involving Hu’s wealth and cooperation between Caixin and China’s National Security Department. Hu denies these allegations, as well as Guo’s other claims against her. Guo has said he has documents and recordings of conversations that support his accusations against Hu, court documents say.

Hu first demanded documents and recordings from Guo after she filed her lawsuit against him in April. She asked for numerous documents, including any evidence supporting Guo’s assertions that she engaged in a Ponzi scheme and colluded with government officials. Hu claims that Guo has waived his right to object to the production of documents after failing to respond to her initial request for them for over a month.

Guo has been living in New York since 2015 and is wanted in China. Interpol has issued an international arrest notice for Guo at China’s request. Guo has denied any wrongdoing and claimed China is trying to stop him from exposing corruption in China. A lawyer for Guo declined to comment.

By Nathan Vardi


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