A retired college professor at a fine arts school in Sichuan was banned from teaching after images showing him kissing two young women in a restaurant surfaced online this past weekend, sparking accusations that the females in the photos were his students.
The three photos posted to Weibo show a gray-haired man sitting between two women at a restaurant. He’s seen kissing the face of the woman to his right and kissing the hand of the woman on his left.
The original poster said he snapped the photos as he was having dinner at the restaurant on October 10. He said he recognized the man as Wang Xiaojian, a former assistant professor at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute.
The web user said that the man kept touching the two females, who he suspected to be current students at the institute, despite their reluctance.
The next day, Wang Xiaojian said in a public response that he was already retired from the institute and that the two girls weren’t his students. He claimed he’d done nothing wrong. He was having dinner with the two ladies because he was told they were “very familiar” with him, Wang said, and because they asked to have a talk with him.
He added that he helped the girls while they were interning for a website. He didn’t drink alcohol at dinner, he claimed, this was just ‘the way he communicated with students’.
The institute later made a statement on the matter, stressing that Wang Xiaojian was a retired teacher. The school said it had banned Wang from any further teaching and research activities and also lowered his pension.
On October 12, a handwritten apology from Wang was published online. He said that he was sorry for his behavior that evening and admitted that he’d been drinking.