Peking University has threatened to sue former professor Zou Hengfu for his allegation that its professors have been “fornicating” with restaurant waitresses on campus.
In a statement on the university’s website, Peking University says:
Up till now, Zou Hengfu has not been able to provide any evidence. His speech and behavior are inconsistent and self-contradictory.
We believe this rare but malicious incident has severely damaged the reputation of PKU and image of teachers, severely humiliated the dignity of the PKU president, department heads and professors and severely hurt feelings of students and staff of PKU and also those innocent staff at Mengtaoyuan restaurant.
The statement urged Zou to step forward to provide evidence to the investigation unit set up by the university, and also included a veiled threat. “We cannot continue waiting forever, and are prepared to make the next steps.”
After Zou’s allegations went viral online and made nationwide headlines, Zou has appeared to backtrack in recent days.
“It is just how I speak”, Zou told the Beijing News. “I have always loved exaggeration when speaking. That has always been my style.”
He also added that he said what he said to capture public attention, but maintained he did not lie, and had evidence on hand which he hopes to pass — not to the university — but to the Central Discipline Inspection Committee, the supreme discipline inspection body of the Communist Party.