Internet celebrity Guo Meimei has yet again made headlines, this time because her relatives claim to hold damaging information on the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC).
The 24-year-old, who was caught up in the Red Cross scandal back in 2011 and has gained notoriety for shamelessly flaunting her wealth online, was arrested in August 2014 when Beijing police busted an online gambling ring during the World Cup.
Guo was fined 50,000 yuan (approximately $7,800) and sentenced to five years in prison for running a casino according to the Dongcheng District People’s Court’s decision earlier this month.
Want China Times reports that Guo’s relatives, who claim to live in Seattle, will reveal harmful information about RCSC and other high-ranking Chinese officials unless she is released by September 20.
Netizens discussing the bold attempt at blackmailing the Chinese government are said to be skeptical about the credibility of her mysterious US relatives. Given the ambiguity surrounding Guo’s relationship with the RCSC, many doubt that her family would hold any useful information, especially as in her now infamous televised confession she denied ever having any affiliation.
Nevertheless, we wait with bated breath for the next installment in the never-ending Guo Meimei saga.
By Dominic Jackson