Video: Foreigner beaten by Beijingers for sexually assaulting a Chinese woman in public

May 9, 2012Jing Gao46 Comments, , , , , ,


It has been confirmed by Beijing Police that the foreigner in the video, a Briton, did commit sexual assault and has been detained. He was also seen sexually harassing five other women on the subway train by rubbing his genitals against their bodies on the same day prior to the rape attempt. 

Foreigner expats in China are really making headlines on Sina Weibo these days. First, there was the Brazilian good Samaritan ganged up by thieves in Dongguan. Then, an American became the Internet sensation for friendly breaking bread and chatting with an old beggar. Now, a video of a foreigner caught molesting a woman right on Beijing’s street and beaten up by angry passersby had been reposted by more than 2,000 Weibo users in less than an hour after it was first posted. An overwhelming majority of comments are scathing, profanity-laced condemnation of the foreigner and absolute support for violence against violent crimes.

According to the video description, it happened on the evening of May 8 near Xuanwumen. In the video, the victim, wearing only panties under the waistline, cried to people who came to her rescue, “No! No! I don’t know him.” The veracity of this video has so far not yet been confirmed.  One commenter, however, said that it was a scam plotted by the woman and the “passersby” to extort money from the foreigner.


Selected comments on Sina Weibo (Post published at 11:48 p.m. on May 9; 2,528 shares and 788 comments until 1:30 a.m. on May 10.)

青龙之达哥:Beat him to death!

Moorgate274:This stupid cunt foreigner, castrate him! [怒][怒]

winds風少:The investigation is over. That woman and a few others were trying to blackmail the foreigner who paid for sex. Both parties have been detained…

Marvy牛牛:in reply to @winds風少: So, this is the so-called “badger game? ”[吃惊][疑问]

vera-vera-c:Isn’t this too audacious and licentious?! Actually, can our country at least try to control or reduce the population of foreign expats? They have come and occupied all the good places. The country, already packed with people, is now (accommodating) so many foreign nationals. So this won’t stop until we are crammed to death?!

sO__Dan:The blows were way too light.

nic-yang:He had the gall to play the bully on the Chinese territory! Beat him! Give him a good beating! Great job, Beijing bros!

Taufpate:Let’s keep sharing this video. I was so upset when I was watching the video. The Philippines is bullying China. Fine. Now this goddamn foreigner has even come to our own land and bullied the Chinese girl! I can tell from the video that the girl might have got drunk. Even in the capital city, girls should have awareness of self-protection. Of course, Beijing’s public safety and order needs improving!

王宇标:Motherf**ker. This animal had the gall to lie there and feign death! Good job at beating him!!!

雷霆笑看风云:What is wrong with China? Its territorial integrity is being undermined in the South China Sea. Its girl has almost been *** on the bustling street of the nation’s capital… So sad. [泪]

张斌–Bingo: Abiding by Chinese laws in China is a matter of course. This SOB deserves to be shot to death.

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46 comments to “Video: Foreigner beaten by Beijingers for sexually assaulting a Chinese woman in public”

  1. t | May 9, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    Let this be a lesson to foreigners trying to get booty overseas! Its not worth it!

  2. poop | May 9, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    here is a question: Has any chinese person EVER fought another person 1 on 1? I have never seen such a thing. They only fight when they have someone badly outnumbered or beat them when they are unconcious on the ground. And the comments on here saying, there are too many foreigners in china… Chinese people have spread like a plague to all corners of the earth, bringing their terrible values with them. I come from Canada and the number one criminal gang there is the chinese.

    • noob | July 10, 2012 | Permalink Reply

      Yes chinese are plague. But what can u do? Deal with it.

  3. Bob | May 10, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    She was a prostitute trying to scam him. They were her pimps, waiting in the shadows to take him down. He got wise to his predicament and called the whore on her sh*t, but it was too late. The lesson learned is: if you hang out in shady clubs and mingle with loose women, be prepared to pay the price one way or another!

    • fu | May 11, 2012 | Permalink Reply

      what r u talking about, man???????

    • fu | May 11, 2012 | Permalink Reply

      According to the vedeo, it is obvious that guy is trying to rape the girl. never ever shooting the fucking bull before you got the fact.

  4. smith | May 10, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    “The investigation is over. That woman and a few others were trying to blackmail the foreigner who paid for sex. Both parties have been detained…”

    • Spanky | May 10, 2012 | Permalink Reply

      Source? She’s a good actress if true.

    • disturbance2 | May 11, 2012 | Permalink Reply

      This is untrue. Please provide the source if you have one.

  5. Blacksoth | May 10, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    Yeah, not that all foreigners to China are angels but it immediately reeked of scam to me.

    Crime happens all the time in China and most chinese do nothing. Now one foreigner does something to a chinese girl and they’re suddenly willing to do something? Bullshit.

    • poop | May 10, 2012 | Permalink Reply

      my thoughts exactly. when do they ever stand up for what is right…

    • disturbance2 | May 11, 2012 | Permalink Reply

      This happened only out of occasion, you are right most chinese would outright watch a crime happen than interfere, and if you actually knew any chinese and watched the interview with the guy in black (who’s a hair salon owner) you would know it is NOT a scam. The guy has friends in Beijing supporting him, a lot of us actually live close together, and I’m willing to bet my right hand this was NOT a scam, the woman was NOT a hooker and the Brit punk got everything (and hopefully more) he deserved.

  6. pc | May 10, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    this guy is what you’d call huo bi gai. He put himself in this situation, fuck him. This is obviously a scam, like blacksoth said, crime happens and chinese do nothing but watch. this was obviously the pimps and ho’s running a scam.

    • fu | May 11, 2012 | Permalink Reply

      you are obviously a lier. The briton acted like an animal. Sick!!!!Shit!!!

  7. John | May 10, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    We will never know what really happened in this story, so I don’t think we can judge and point the bad behavior of one party or the other.

    But what we can comment on, is the reaction of the Chinese netcitizen.
    Imagine the same story in your country. Would you go and write such comments? I don’t know if it is only chosen comments but it is kind of scary. It is like people are really on the edge in China.

  8. Hugo | May 10, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    They set him up for $$$ , tazered him and then edited the video. That’s why he’s not moving. He says “what’s wrong with her?” to the pimp once the carry on starts.

  9. Brouge | May 11, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    Well whether he was contributing to sex slavery and got set up by a pimp, or if he is a rapist, he got what he deserved. But I hardly think a pimp would call the police and keep the camera on the suspect until the police arrived…?

    • fu | May 11, 2012 | Permalink Reply

      But what would u do if the suspect tried to run away and beat u?

  10. D-Man | May 11, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    It’s really disturbing with the “he deserves it” mentality which goes on in China. I think the world needs to know more about the facts in regards to the nature of modern day Chinese people. With the world population getting larger and larger there will be more predatory “cultures”. China and the USA are 2 examples of such “cultures”.

    • disturbance2 | May 11, 2012 | Permalink Reply

      If you know the actual amount of foreign delinquents coming to China to get their “asian sex tours” and get off scott-free (due to law enforcement policies) after beating people up / abusing non-hookers, I’m pretty sure you’d take a different view on things. This person in particular attempted numerous molestations (the photos of which are not provided on this site), one case of attempted rape, and started the ensuing fight. If you watch the video, the Chinese guy in black was obviously only trying to lead him off at first, but received a blow to the head.

      Also for all guys who think this is a “scam”, I have friends in Beijing who know the chinese man in person, and I could swear on my life he is a hair salon worker and a decent citizen, and if it wasn’t for him standing up to the “laowai” this case probably would have gone unnoticed and uncared, like many comments have stated.

      Lastly, just for the record, the video on this website was specifically edited, and portrays things much more sympathetically than the longer version in China (probably edited too, I know, but still more complete than this one)

      • Blacksoth | May 13, 2012 | Permalink Reply

        If China is truly inundated with sex tour miscreants that have some kind of immunity to prosecution above and beyond what we’d see in other countries I’d like to hear more about it.

        And if things are truly as you say, then the guy deserved the beating (I’d have probably done more to him).

        But the whole thing together was very suspicious. In my opinion, a heavily edited video submitted as “evidence” makes it MORE questionable as evidence, not less. With proper editing you can make up any story to go with it, so even a longer edited video would still be suspicious to me.

        • disturbance2 | May 14, 2012 | Permalink Reply

          I agree this video was obviously edited, though I’m sure the court could also tell and definitely wouldn’t accept it as full coverage or sufficient evidence. Still I think it quite obvious from the video this was not a voluntary sexual act, since a case of blackmail or mugging could have been carried out with better discretion and less effort in a private chamber, and exposition of facial features of either himself or the girl’s to the general public would have been supremely dumb had this been a setup attempt from a pimp. Also the Brit wasn’t in any state of health emergency in the end (not even visible bruises or bleeding) so I don’t think the portion edited out contained any excessive violence (being mobbed or such).

          Sex tourism is commonplace in Beijing as well as many coastal cities. Obviously offenses are liable for prosecution for everyone, but foreign tourists are usually given leeway in terms of penalty, especially in civil offenses where indictments lean toward being subjective. I’m not a law expert so I can’t recite the exact lines classifying all the differences, but there are examples as in the Moreno case in 04 when the Italian guy was extracted with only a written pledge, following a significant period of community violence and prostitution.

          • Blacksoth | May 14, 2012 | Permalink


            There’s nothing “obvious” about the video. Scams like these are more common then you think, and filming it and then editing it is also common as “proof” to defend the actions. There are many stories of people “attacking in self defense” when it was obvious it was just an attack. From the reaction of even just the netizens, it’s quite clear that people are quite ready to blame a foreigner even if he did nothing wrong.

            It’s also disingenuous to suggest because there’s no obvious external injuries (ie.”obvious bruises or bleeding”) that the man is fine. He could have been eletrocuted, he could have internal bleeding, so I’m not quite sure how you can draw conclusions that he’s perfectly fine unless you’re a medical expert or know something I don’t.

            As for problems of sexual tourism, that’s a failing of the chinese government (among the endless stream of them). But clearly from the comments, no one blames the government or the failure of law enforcement. If these guys had to take the law into their own hands, tha’s fine to make sure justice was done then that’s just the way it has to be. But where is the condemnation?

    • ciola | May 13, 2012 | Permalink Reply

      Unfortunately the world knows nothing about real Chinese people. Chinese are nationalistic freaks second to no one. They are more or less like the Nazis in pre-second World War Germany.
      Foreigners in China lives on denial, they think they are living in a play land where all people smile to them, wave hands and say ‘hello’! Chinese are mean, and if for any reason the Chinese government one day decides all foreigners are devils and must be beaten to dead, all Chinese will suddenly stop smiling to them and starting stomping them to pulp.
      This is the real China.

      • disturbance2 | May 14, 2012 | Permalink Reply

        @ ciola
        I’m not sure where your ideas on China are sourced from, or if you have made a prolonged stay in that country. It’s true that a lot of nationalist crap get around on the internet (because sensible statements don’t ring quite as loud), but even within these, opinions supporting actual aggression are very much contained, especially against the west – most of the “nationalist hate” are in fact directed specifically toward territorial disputes in the southern and eastern sea regions, some cases of which have been heating up during the last few decades.
        And despite what many westerners may think (largely thanks to media portrayal), average chinese citizens (or even guys in the service) are not mindless thralls to the government, and for every outspoken statement relating to violence, fifty more sensible opinions will be there to balance out what’s right – Every country has their own share of outspoken individuals.
        Also I have full faith the Chinese government will NOT for any reason decide to take violent measures against foreigners… lol.

  11. Appalled Brit | May 11, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    What a lurid insight into the dark side of human behaviour. Good on the local guys for giving this rapist scumbag the kicking he deserved. Part of me wishes I’d been there to help them. Things like this make me ashamed to be British.

  12. Steven | May 12, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    I was first impressed by Gao Jing’s English writing skills until I listened to an interview on her with BBC news. Her pronunciation is typical of a Chinese. You need to hone your spoken English.

  13. Steven | May 12, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    I’ve also read your “REBUTTAL”. There’s a rebuttal to that as well.


    That’s why so many Chinese think this website is exposing the dark side of China. I sort of like this website, but still feels the site is not neutral in terms of the selection of materials. It is objective enough to report on stories ignored by establishment media. And it is true that all of those chosen are popular on weibo. However, so many negative reports along with the translation of comments from 愤青 (angry youth) in themselves constitute a distortion of facts.

    Here’s a list of today’s hot topic on weibo. It’s clear whether you are “selective” in your reporting.


  14. ciola | May 13, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    If the harasser was Chinese, nobody would have helped the girl.

    In fact Chinese can rape, beat and kill any fellow citizen on the public streets because NO ONE will ever intervene.

    But when a foreigner does a crime, it becomes a nationalistic issue.

    Well done China, you are surely the best country in the world. Keep on doing things like this and the world will love you more.

    • disturbance2 | May 14, 2012 | Permalink Reply

      First of all I’ll acknowledge the “onlooker mentality” around here. Crime happens and people tend to not put themselves at risk, which is why THIS particular case invoked a great deal of attention in the first place.

      Despite what you may think though, rape and murder do not often take place in Beijing. Also this is not a nationalistic issue (in fact I find it mildly curious that some westerners believe themselves targets of “nationalism” when most of the worst and dumbest statements from the “angry youth” of China all point to Japan, South Korea etc.), in fact in the last ten years I have never witnessed, or heard of any individual or gang in my city issuing unwarranted violence against foreigners. What you may interpret as “hate” in the selected comments are directed against the fact that sex tourism is a prevalent practice in Beijing, bringing with it unwholesome individuals and criminal elements, many of which go unreported and uncared for, as you have noted.

      Also I’m not sure what you’re inferring in your last line. Perhaps you see “not intervening as usual” as a better image presentation to the world? Personally, I see this case as a change for the better.

  15. Ocean Ghost | May 15, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    Whether he is English or what is termed as “british asian” we don’t want him back.

    Chinese man to be sentenced later for rape of Irish student

  16. Peter | May 15, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    I´m not sure if it´s a fake or not. If it´s real, this bastard deserve prision.
    Anyway, this is just 1 foreigner, out of thousands!
    To be totally honest, after 5 years living in Beijing, I will leave this summer. Reason? Chinese people are the most racist, coward and cruel in the world. I can stand living between them. It´s´a totally sick society.
    By the way, Chinese are the first immigrant community in the world. Next time I see one of them in Europe (they are everywhere), I will remember how they made me feel in China.

    • disturbance2 | May 15, 2012 | Permalink Reply

      My god this comment appalls me. I’m not sure what Beijing had been like to you to deserve such appraisal, but on behalf of fellow citizens and whatever decent folk there may remain around here I extend my sincere apologies to you. China may be considered a distressed nation in terms of civility by many, but with some work from all of us, hopefully within the next ten years we can make the capital into a city more in line with the more welcoming places around the world. Anyway, an honest sorry from a native beijinger!

      • jahar | May 16, 2012 | Permalink Reply

        You sound like those old men i meet here, that are truly blind to what happens here. Is bad as it sounds, as much as I try to judge people individually, I agree with him. no one here cares about anything but themselves. they are rude. and cruel. and greedy. and cowardly.

        • disturbance2 | May 16, 2012 | Permalink Reply

          I’ve lived in the States for 4 years, and will be off to the UK this fall, so personally I’d like to think myself as being more aware of domestic social problems than the old men who’ve lived their whole lives in Beijing. But yes, much of what you say is fact, and some of us are doing what we can to improve the situation. Thank you too, for speaking your opinion.

  17. Justin | May 16, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    So it is just the foreigners that commit rape in China?

  18. JACK | May 17, 2012 | Permalink Reply


  19. VINNY | May 17, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    Thats it? You couldnt take on 3 or 4 40 year old dudes? Chinks or not you have got to knuckle up pussy! If you did try to rape her then you got off lucky!

  20. Mirror | May 22, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    Dear all Chinese people, don’t complain to much, is a single case and that must to punish ,but what the Chinese people are doing more bad such sale children, how this kind of people can Jude , that no body of in this fucking country respect the rules.
    The foreign at least are the only who respect because in our culture, try to be better than us before to say something.

  21. Mancunian | May 25, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    What is the outcome of this? Has he been charged, convicted or what? Not read anything since the actual incident. I saw the rescuing Hairdresser guy being interviewed on television – if the guy is guilty then bring the whole weight of the legal system down on him, however how can he get a fair trial when witnesses are being interviewed on National Television before a trial has taken place? Bizarre.

  22. Trojan | May 29, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    This is typical in China. Street prostitutes having sex with customers on the sidewalk.
    Looks like a trick gone wrong…then typical again….gutless chinese men taking an opportunity to assult someone.
    There is even 1 chinese guy attacking an unconscious person ???

    While this incident has racist overtones…it is typical even between chinese. They are a very low class race.

    Almost every woman in china is avalaible as a prostitute for a price. The only question is …the price.

    • noob | July 10, 2012 | Permalink Reply

      Almost every woman on this planet is avalaible as a prostitute for a price. The only question is …the price.

  23. luiz | May 31, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    Even more xenophobic than whites… there aren’t even that many foreigners in China

    Wait until there are real, permanent dark skinned immigrants from 3rd world countries who are poor and may commit more crimes/hate the locals but you can’t kick them out because they’re immigrants and not visitors

    We will outbreed your young and take your women all in the name of multiculturalism while complaining about racism from Han Chinese at every turn, and just to see you cry

  24. Sammy | June 2, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    This is freakin insane for beating up the young guy, though he deserve it for molesting a young woman on the street in Beijing.

    • noob | July 10, 2012 | Permalink Reply

      i don’t see beating a rapist in FREAKIN insane.

  25. Bboy | July 25, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    thats why Im in JAPAN!! Japanese respect foreigners. Most of the Chinese here are in the redlignt dstricts running brothels… overstaying there visas… and just have NO class. Not all, but MOST!!

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