Kris Wu: Chinese-Canadian pop star sentenced to 13 years in prison for rape in China

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A Chinese court in Beijing has sentenced Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu, also known as Wu Yifan, to 13 years in prison after finding him guilty of sexual offenses, including rape, the court said in a post on its official Weibo account.

Wu rose to fame as a member of the popular Korean-Chinese pop group EXO, then as a solo player after leaving the band in 2014.

The Chaoyang District People’s Court in Beijing said that between November 2020 and December 2020, the singer raped three women at his residence while the women were unable or did not know how to resist due to alcohol intoxication; and in July 2018, he and others arranged for two women to engage in “promiscuous activities” while drunk at his residence, the court heard.

The court convicted Wu of two charges – rape and gathering a crowd for promiscuous activities – and sentenced him to 11.5 years and 22 months. According to Weibo, the court decided on a fixed-term sentence of 13 years.

Wu will be deported after he completes his sentence, the court said.

Wu was formally arrested on suspicion of rape in August last year after he was first detained by police in July 2021 in the Chinese capital following online outrage over sexual assault allegations against him in what has become the most high-profile #MeToo case. in China.

Officials from the Canadian Embassy in China attended the sentencing, the court added in the post.

The Canadian Embassy in China did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment on Friday.

CNN is also seeking comment from Wu’s representatives.

Separately, the Beijing Municipal Tax Service fined Wu 600 million RMB (about US$83.8 million) for tax evasion, according to a statement released by the agency on Friday.

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