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


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A Chinese court in Beijing sentenced Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu, also known as Wu Yifan, to 13 years in prison after convicting him of sex offenses including rape, the court heard in a post on his official Weibo account.

Wu rose to fame as a member of the popular Korean-Chinese pop group EXO, and later as a solo actor after leaving the group in 2014.

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

The court convicted Wu on two counts – rape and gathering a crowd to engage in promiscuous activities – and sentenced him to 11.5 years and 22 months, respectively. The court decided on a fixed term sentence of 13 years, according to the Weibo post.

Wu will be deported after serving his sentence, the court heard.

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 an online outcry over allegations of sexual assault against him in what has become the most publicized #MeToo case. in China.

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

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

CNN is also working to get a comment from Wu’s representatives.

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

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