A Chinese tennis player has vanished a week after accusing the country’s former vice premier of sexual abuse.
Peng Shuai, 35, accused 75-year-old Zhang Gaoli of forcing her to have sex with him in a lengthy post uploaded to Weibo, the Chinese Facebook equivalent.
The post was soon deleted and all of her recent content on the site has been scrubbed. The word tennis (‘wangqiu’) was even censored on the social network.
The athlete, who became a household name after winning the French Open doubles in 2014, has not been seen since.
While China has been rocked by #MeToo scandals before, this is believed to be the first involving a high-ranking member of the Communist Party.