Chinese firm HNA seeks US$300m from fugitive tycoon for defamation
Company files case in New York state saying claims made by Guo Wengui damaged its reputation, financial standing
Chinese conglomerate HNA Group is seeking at least US$300 million from businessman Guo Wengui for making statements linking the company to corruption and alleging it has secret ties to the family of a high-ranking Communist Party official.
HNA’s complaint filed on Wednesday with the New York state Supreme Court said Guo’s false allegations were causing harm to the group’s reputation and financial standing.
A lawyer representing Guo declined to comment on the case.
The suit, part of a case that began in June, is one of several Guo is facing in the United States for making various claims through social and traditional media alleging misdeeds between the rich and powerful in China.
Guo, who has been a controversial figure for years, lives in exile in the US after fleeing China three years ago. Chinese authorities issued a request to Interpol for Guo’s arrest in April.
HNA has repeatedly denied Guo’s claims.
The company had sent a letter to US broadcaster Voice of America in early June seeking clarification on an interview with Guo in April.
In the live video interview, Guo thrust HNA into the centre of his storm of corruption allegations against the top ranks of China’s Communist Party.
Voice of America replied that Guo’s views expressed in the interview were his owns, not the broadcaster’s or those of the US government.