China Sentences Chinese-Canadian Pop Star Kris Wu In Rape Case

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese courtroom on Friday sentenced Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu to 13 years in jail on expenses together with rape.

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

The courtroom mentioned the three victims within the rape case had additionally been drunk and had been unable to consent.

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

Singer Kris Wu celebrates his award for Fan Fave New Artist on the pink carpet on the iHeartRadio MMVAs in Toronto on Aug. 26, 2018.

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“According to the facts … the nature, circumstances and harmful consequences of the crime, the court made the above judgment,” the courtroom mentioned in an internet assertion.

A Canadian diplomat was in courtroom to listen to the sentencing, it mentioned.

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

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 yr, a young person accused him of getting intercourse together with her whereas she was drunk. Wu, recognized in Chinese as Wu Yifan, denied the accusation.

{The teenager} then mentioned seven different girls contacted her to say Wu seduced them with guarantees of jobs and different alternatives. She mentioned some had been beneath 18.

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

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