A while ago, we posted the news about China’s famous English teacher beats his American wife, a famous Chinese celebrity Li Yang was exposed in a scandal of domestic violence. Now his wife Kim is filing for divorce and requesting 8 homes as property settlement, and 50,000 RMB as compensation for emotional damage .
Yesterday morning, at around 8:30, Kim walked towards the court crowded by several girls. The girls wore black T-shirt and had paints on their face, looking like they were beaten. There was one Chinese character on the back of each girl and the characters made up “zero tolerance of domestic violence”. They handed a 4-meter long scroll with the signatures and comments from 1200 netizens to Kim, as well as a joint letter, which was for the Judge. Kim told the journalists, “they are volunteers who come to support me.”
A few minutes later, Li Yang came and pointed at the scene, saying, “this is planned, obviously.”
After Li Yang and Kim went into the court, anti-family-violence volunteers spread banners and signs “One cannot beat others without being punished, while the victim should get compensations from the divorce.” After the demonstration, volunteers lined up to sing and dance in front of the court. The lyrics were adapted from “cannot hold the harm” to reflect opposition to Li Yang’s family violence.
Participants of the activity claimed that they were volunteers self-organized online, and did not know Kim. They stood up to accuse the assaulters in family violence, to support the victims, and to propel the legislation and enforcement of related laws.
Kim requested the court to divide their properties and to investigate their properties. After the last court hearing, Kim said the court’s preliminary investigation showed that Li Yang had 23 homes and over 5 million RMB incomes in his name. Qi Lianfeng, Kim’s lawyer, claimed that if adding Li Yang’s earnings from his company shares, the community property of the couple should amount to tens of millions RMB at rough estimation.
Yesterday, Qi Lianfeng claimed that it was very difficult to verify Li Yang’s earnings from his company shares, and it took a long time, “this case has lasted for near one year, and Kim does not want to drag it on. So she will give up this part for the time being.” As for the homes, Qi Lianfeng said some of the home titles had been transferred to others, and Kim only requested to get her share of 8 homes for the time being. But for a home which Li Yang sold to a third party in 2007, Kim requested a compensation of around 1.8 million RMB. As for personal deposits, Kim requested the 4 million RMB, which was transferred out of the account. In addition, Kim requested another 50,000 RMB as emotional damage compensation.
Li Yang said he would let the court make the judgment on community property, like homes and deposits.
Li Yang and Kim raised three children and both of them were fighting for the custody. Li Yang said the eldest daughter was over 10 years old and the court would ask for her own opinion, and he would fight for the custody of the rest 2 kids. Previously, Kim failed to afford the kids’ expensive tuition fee in international schools, and hence she raised the request of prejudgment execution at Chaoyang Court. And Li Yang had sent the 300,000 RMB to the court.
Yesterday, Li Yang reiterated that “I did not commit domestic violence and this description is not suitable for me. I did a pretty good job in my family.” He said that though they had some conflict, his act did not constitute as domestic violence, “I am willing to sacrifice my personal image to act as a bad example to advocate anti-domestic-violence, but I do not think I committed any domestic violence.”
“You beat Kim, and why don’t you admit this is family violence?” a volunteer questioned Li Yang.
Li Yang said he thought what happened between him and Kim was mere body conflict. “You are so naïve. Aren’t there any conflicts between your parents? Didn’t you get beaten once by your parents while you were growing up?”
“These are two concepts,” the volunteer refuted. Li Yang, who was getting on his car, halted suddenly. He said to the volunteer that there was only one concept, which was conflict in a family. “Why can’t you raise some more intelligent questions? Why keep hovering over the past? I have apologized and made remedial measures, and so why stay in this tangle. Life has to go on.”