Very little information is available about the allegations, but what is known is that Li Tianyi, 17, was detained on Thursday on suspicion of involvement in a gang rape, according to the AFP, which cited local television media reports.
But with little to go on, the Chinese “Weibo-sphere” (Sina Weibo is China's version version of Twitter) was buzzing with outrage about the alleged behavior of the son of Gen. Li Shuangjiang, a 72-year-old senior military official known for his patriotic singing voice, seen here:
"Child, why don't you stop disturbing everyone and quickly grow up," said one post, written in Mandarin. "Your father has a glorious past, and you are blaspheming it."
Beijing officials are not as vocal; they have referred all queries to local media reports, which are scant in details. The public’s outrage is possibly more poignant than usual since Li had already developed a bad-boy reputation.
In September 2011, Li was sentenced to one year in detention after he assaulted a couple on a Beijing street in an apparent road-rage incident, according to the Wall St. Journal. Li, who was 15 at the time, then warned witnesses not to call police.