MISSING tennis star Peng Shuai is said to have been filmed dining with her friends after she was reported missing due to alleged sexual assault.
It comes later Chinese state media said the 35-year-old man, who has not been seen since November 3, “will soon appear in public.”
The tennis star is said to have disappeared after accused a former top Chinese government official of sexual abuse.
Photos of the former Wimbledon doubles champion have been posted on social media showing her holding a glass of wine and making a victory sign.
The footage, posted on Twitter by the editor-in-chief of China’s ruling Communist Party’s official newspaper, Global Times, Hu Xijin, showing her having dinner with her friends and coach in Beijing.
He said before that New photos on social networks showing Peng surrounded by cuddly toys is real even though her followers fear their legitimacy.
In the clip, Peng can be seen sitting with a man and two women, but she does not speak.
Meanwhile, in the conversation, there are repeated mentions of the date, with the man asking “Tomorrow is November 20th right?” while one woman replied, “No, it’s November 21.”
He continued by discussing Peng’s performance and upcoming tournaments.
He added: “We have had two matches in the past. But we are not satisfied with the result.
“Tomorrow’s game is the closing match of nine matches over the past three months.
“The end of November is the end of the year. We have to do our best.”
WTA President and CEO Steve Simon said the video was “insufficient” evidence of Peng’s safety.
He said: “While seeing her is positive, it remains unclear if she is free and able to make decisions and act on her own without coercion or outside interference. “.
“This video alone is not enough… I am still concerned about Peng Shuai’s health and safety and that the sexual assault allegations are being censored and wiped out.”
The published email read: “Hello everyone, I’m Peng Shuai.
“Regarding news recently released on the official WTA website, the content has not been endorsed or verified by me and it was released without my consent.
“The news in that release, including the allegation of sexual assault, is untrue.
“I am not missing, nor am I unsafe. I just rested at home and everything is fine.
“Thanks again for taking care of me. If WTA publishes any more information about me, please verify with me and publish with my consent.
“As a professional tennis player, I thank you all for your companionship and concern.
“I hope to promote Chinese tennis to all of you if I have a chance in the future. I hope Chinese tennis will get better and better.
“Again, thank you for the review.”
Steve Simon said the message “only raised my concerns about her safety and whereabouts”.
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https://www.the-sun.com/sport/4110645/missing-tennis-star-peng-shuai-filmed-eating-abuse-claims/ Missing tennis star Peng Shuai ‘filmed eating and drinking with friends’ following reports she disappeared over alleged abuse