The American businessman who said he was being held hostage by his factory employees in China over a pay dispute was released and flew to the U.S. on Thursday.
Chip Starnes, president of Florida-based Specialty Medical Supplies, told CNBC that local officials placed him in a car and labor unions said he had been released to go to his hotel after a deal was reached with workers. Starnes later told CNBC that he switched cars and headed for the airport, accompanied by his lawyers.
He caught a flight from Beijing to the U.S. where he will arrive on Thursday evening.
Starnes said he was worried for his personal safety and had been threatened by a vendor.