Kris Wu sentenced: Chinese-Canadian pop star gets 13 years in prison for rape, other charges

A Chinese court docket on Friday sentenced Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu to 13 years in prison on charges together with rape.

Beijing’s Chaoyang District Court stated Wu was given 11 years and 6 months for a 2020 rape, and 1 year and 10 months for the “crime of assembling a crowd to engage in sexual promiscuity” in a 2018 occasion in which he and others allegedly assaulted two ladies they’d gotten drunk.

2020 Pinduoduo Double 11 Shopping Festival Gala
Singer Kris Wu performs on the stage throughout 2020 Pinduoduo Double 11 Shopping Festival Gala on November 10, 2020 in Changsha, Hunan Province of China.

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The court docket stated the three victims in the rape case had additionally been drunk and had been unable to consent.

It stated a mixed 13-year sentence was agreed on and Wu can be instantly deported after serving his time.

“According to the facts … the nature, circumstances and harmful consequences of the crime, the court made the above judgment,” the court docket stated in a web-based assertion.

A Canadian diplomat was in court docket to listen to the sentencing, it stated.

Wu was additionally slapped with a effective of 600 million yuan ($83.7 million) for evading taxes by massively underreporting his earnings from performances, ads and other sources of revenue.

Wu “used a fake business to convert the nature of his income and falsely declare it, and evaded 95 million yuan of tax by concealing personal income through multiple domestic and overseas affiliated companies,” state information company Xinhua reported.

The June trial of the 32-year-old former member of the South Korean group EXO was closed to the general public to guard the victims’ privateness.

Wu has been detained since August 2021 whereas police carried out an investigation in response to feedback on-line that he “repeatedly lured young women” to have intercourse, in keeping with a police assertion at the moment.

That year, an adolescent accused him of getting intercourse along with her whereas she was drunk. Wu, recognized in Chinese as Wu Yifan, denied the accusation.

The teenager then stated seven other ladies contacted her to say Wu seduced them with guarantees of jobs and other alternatives. She stated some had been underneath 18.

Rape is punishable by three to 10 years in prison, though distinctive circumstances may end up in harsher sentences as much as demise. The second cost Wu confronted is punishable by as much as 5 years in prison.

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

Wu was beforehand one in all China’s most bankable stars, however manufacturers together with Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, L’Oreal Men and Porsche suspended their partnerships with him over the case.

And extra victims spoke out on-line in the wake of the preliminary claims, accusing Wu’s workers of predatory conduct together with inviting them to boozy karaoke events.

The hashtags “girls help girls”, “girls helping girls” and “girls help girls time” — the place ladies expressed solidarity with Du — had been censored from Chinese social media in the wake of the scandal.

The Weibo trending hashtag “the law is the lowest standard of morals” additionally racked up 830 million views, as customers complained in regards to the excessive authorized threshold required for victims to show sexual assault in court docket.

China’s #MeToo motion

The saga round Wu evoked China’s embattled #MeToo motion, which noticed a wave of ladies come ahead in 2018 voicing experiences of sexual harassment — typically involving highly effective public figures.

Beijing moved decisively to suppress the feminist motion, arresting dozens of pupil activists in a present of its zero-tolerance method to these deemed potential threats to its management.

A landmark case introduced by screenwriter Zhou Xiaoxuan in opposition to high-profile TV presenter Zhu Jun was dismissed final year, with a Beijing court docket additionally throwing out an enchantment this August.

And whereas tennis star Peng Shuai’s allegations of sexual assault in opposition to a senior Communist Party politician sparked a world outcry final year, her claims had been swiftly censored inside China.

Peng later denied making the accusation.

Wu’s case was on the heart of a sweeping authorities crackdown on superstar tradition that took maintain final summer season.

Around the identical time as his arrest, high actress Zheng Shuang was hit with a $46 million tax evasion effective whereas references to movie star Zhao Wei had been wiped from video streaming websites.

Authorities stated they had been concentrating on unhealthy values and “abnormal aesthetics”, ordering broadcasters to chop actuality expertise exhibits and cease giving airtime to “sissy” males and “vulgar influencers”.

Critics have argued that the strikes additionally aimed to reinforce the Communist Party’s ideological management and curb exterior influences that would pose a risk to its rule.

AFP contributed to this report.

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