A groomsman has been acquitted of rape after a Chinese court ruled he accidentally raped his friend's newly wed bride.
The blushing bride, whose surname was Huang, was found by a county court in Guangxi Zhuang region to have accidentally climbed into the man's bed on her wedding night, reports The Global Times, an English-language website which reports on news in China.
The court ruled that the sex was consensual between Ms Huang and Mr Ruan, who was staying at the newlyweds' home in the country for the ceremony in August.
The court was told the mistake occurred when the bride returned from an outside toilet and entered Mr Ruan's room, believing the man in the bed was her husband, Mr Wu.
Mr Ruan did not resist her advances and had sex with Ms Huang.
The next morning, when she apparently realised her mistake, she leapt from the bed, claiming he raped her.
The newlyweds demanded Mr Huang pay them compensation and when he refused they filed a lawsuit, the Global Times reported.