Kris Wu, the Chinese language-Canadian music and performing star, was sentenced to a 13-year jail time period by a Chinese language court docket on Friday. He was discovered responsible of rape and group licentiousness. The court docket stated that he will likely be deported after serving his sentence, based on state-controlled media.
Wu (full identify Wu Yifan) was arrested and formally charged in August final 12 months. His case was heard in June in a case with out media entry.
Allegations in opposition to Wu had been made in July 2021 by Du Meizhu, 18, a magnificence business influencer. The girl used social media to accuse the musician and actor of date-raping her whereas she was 17 and at a time when she was drunk. Du later additionally accused him of doing the identical to different younger girls, together with two minors. (China’s age of consent is 14.)
Wu denied the fees on the time and police initially appeared to aspect with the star. However two weeks later the Chaoyang District Folks’s Procurator in Beijing issued an official assertion saying that it had authorised Wu’s arrest “after investigation in accordance with the regulation.”
A press release by the court docket following sentencing stated that Wu compelled three girls to have intercourse with him in 2020, whereas they had been inebriated. And in 2018, he had organized lewd actions at his dwelling with two girls, once more with alcohol concerned. The identical assertion stated that officers from the Canadian embassy had been current for the sentencing.
In China, the crime of rape usually incurs a sentence of between three and ten years in jail, although in significantly egregious circumstances the sentence can run to life imprisonment and even the loss of life penalty. Group licentiousness, outlined as intercourse involving three or extra members over the age of 16, carries a jail sentence of as much as 5 years.
Media experiences on the time of the trial in June advised that Wu risked a jail time period of three to 10 years. The 13-year sentence is longer than that and should level to aggravating components or a choice by the court docket to make an instance of a celeb.
The June listening to was held behind closed doorways, apparently to guard the sufferer’s id. It additionally served to maintain followers and press consideration at bay for the trial of one of many nation’s largest celebrities.
Wu was born in China, however has Canadian nationality. He rose to fame as a part of the Chinese language-language offshoot of Korean boyband EXO, earlier than specializing in his profession in China. The rapper grew to become a TV fixture as a decide and mentor on reveals together with “The Rap of China.” In 2018 he signed an unique distribution cope with Common Music.
Beforehand represented by UTA and CAA, Wu has appeared in Hollywood movies together with “XXX: Return of Xander Cage” and “Valerian and the Metropolis of a Thousand Planets,” in addition to Chinese language movies comparable to Guan Hu’s “Mr. Six” and 2016 fantasy “L.O.R.D. Legend of Ravaging Dynasties” and its 2020 sequel.