Sun. Jan 29th, 2023
China sentences Canadian pop star Kris Wu to 13 years for rape

Wu was detained in Beijing last year after a Chinese student publicly accused him of inducing her and other girls to have sex.

A Beijing court has sentenced Chinese-born Canadian pop star Kris Wu to 13 years in prison after finding him guilty of crimes including rape.

The Beijing Chaoyang District Court said on Friday that investigations showed that between November and December 2020, the man also known as Wu Yifan raped three women.

It also found him guilty of the crime of gathering a crowd to engage in sexual promiscuity in July 2018, the court’s official WeChat account said.

The court said that the three victims in the rape case were also drunk and could not resist. He said a combined sentence of 13 years was agreed and that Wu would be deported immediately after serving his sentence.

“Based on the facts…the nature, circumstances and harmful consequences of the crime, the court handed down the previous sentence,” he said.

Wu was detained in Beijing on July 31 last year after an 18-year-old Chinese student publicly accused him of inducing her and other girls, some under 18, to have sex with him.

Officials from the Canadian embassy in Beijing attended the sentencing, according to state media.

Police carried out an investigation in response to comments online that he “repeatedly lured young women” for sex, according to a police statement at the time.

That year, a teenager accused him of having sex with her while she was drunk. Wu, known in Chinese as Wu Yifan, denied the accusation.

The teen later said that seven other women contacted her to say that Wu lured them with promises of jobs and other opportunities. She said some were under 18.

Rape is punishable by three to 10 years in prison in China, although rare cases can result in harsher sentences up to and including death. The second charge Wu faced is punishable by up to five years in prison.

Wu grew up in Guangzhou in China and in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The saga has spawned China’s #MeToo movement, which saw a wave of women come forward in 2018 expressing experiences of sexual harassment, sometimes involving powerful public figures.

Wu was one of the most bankable stars in China. Brands including Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, L’Oreal Men and Porsche have suspended their partnerships over the case.

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