(Yicai Global) Sept. 1 -- Cash-strapped Chinese conglomerate LeEco's has responded to foreign media reports and photographs showing its Silicon Valley office empty.
The photographs of the office were taken on a Monday morning, which falls under non-working hours, the company said, adding that it is operating well.
LeEco opened its San Jose office last April and made it the firm's US headquarters. It can house up to 800 workers, but is virtually empty and has less than a hundred employees, technology blog TechCrunch reported recently, showing a picture of an empty office building.
The Chinese firm hit back yesterday, saying the reporter intentionally took pictures during non-working hours on Aug. 28, trespassed in the office and obviously planned to defame LeEco's reputation.
Business in North America is going on as normal, with solid operations, the firm added.
The conglomerate hit a financial crisis this year, running into a pile of unpaid debts. A large number of people have left the firm, including founder Jia Yueting, who stepped down as chairman of the group's listed arm, Leshi Internet Information and Technology Corp. Beijing [SHE:300104], in July.