Kris Wu Sentenced to 13-Year Jail Term by China Court for Rape and Group Sex

7 days ago Variety

Kris Wu, the Chinese-Canadian music and acting star, was sentenced to a 13-year jail term by a Chinese court on Friday. He was found guilty of rape and group licentiousness. The court said that he will be deported after serving his sentence, according to state-controlled media.

Wu (full name Wu Yifan) was arrested and formally charged in August last year. His case was heard in June in a case without media access.

Allegations against Wu were made in July 2021 by Du Meizhu, 18, a beauty industry influencer. The woman used social media to accuse the musician and actor of date-raping her while she was 17 and at a time when she was drunk. Du later also accused him of doing the same to other young women, including two minors. (China’s age of consent is 14.)

Wu denied the charges at the time and police initially appeared to side with the star. But two weeks later the Chaoyang District People’s Procurator in Beijing issued an official statement saying that it had approved Wu’s arrest “after investigation in accordance with the law.”

A statement by the court following sentencing said that Wu forced three women to have sex with him in 2020, while they were under the influence of alcohol. And in 2018, he had arranged lewd activities at his home with two women, again with alcohol involved. The same statement said that officials from the Canadian embassy had been present for the sentencing.

In China, the crime of rape normally incurs a sentence of between three and ten years in prison, though in particularly egregious cases the sentence can run to life imprisonment or even the death penalty. Group licentiousness, defined as sex involving three or more participants over the age of 16, carries a jail sentence of up to five years.

Media reports at the time of the trial in June suggested that Wu risked a jail term of three to ten years. The 13-year sentence is longer than that and may point to aggravating factors or a decision by the court to make an example of a celebrity.

The June hearing was held behind closed doors, apparently to protect the victim’s identity. It also served to keep fans and press attention at bay for the trial of one of the country’s biggest celebrities.

Wu was born in China, but has Canadian nationality. He rose to fame as part of the Chinese-language offshoot of Korean boyband EXO, before focusing on his career in China. The rapper became a TV fixture as a judge and mentor on shows including “The Rap of China.”

In 2018 he signed an exclusive distribution deal with Universal Music. At the time, Universal Music Group Greater China chairman Sunny Chang praised Wu, one of the first Chinese artists to reach No. 1 on the U.S. iTunes Chart, as a “genuine musical talent.”

Previously represented by UTA and CAA, Wu has appeared in Hollywood films including “XXX: Return of Xander Cage” and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” as well as Chinese films such as Guan Hu’s “Mr. Six” and 2016 fantasy “L.O.R.D. Legend of Ravaging Dynasties” and its 2020 sequel.

While a number of fans have continued to protest Wu’s innocence, the 2021 charging was enough to bring to an end the career of one of China’s most recognizable and ubiquitous celebrities. Having appeared on billboards and magazine covers, Wu was quickly canceled by more than a dozen of the brands he had endorsed.


Continue reading...

Read On "Variety"
More News On "Variety"
BREAKING NEWS
5 minutes ago - Houston 2026 World Cup reps visiting Qatar to learn what to expect when hosting games – Houston Public Media 15 minutes ago - Who Is Ana Rajkovic Wife Of Predrag Rajkovic, Her Age, Biography, Family, Job, Instagram 15 minutes ago - Serbia 2-3 Switzerland Live Score, FIFA World Cup 2022: Switzerland retakes lead as Freuler scores in 2nd half, SRB v SUI Updates 37 minutes ago - South Korea advances at World Cup after wild finish to group 37 minutes ago - Drug gang's smirking money man gave himself up to police 37 minutes ago - Serbia 2 Switzerland 2 LIVE SCORE: Embolo draws Swiss level after Mitrovic and Vlahovic cancel out Shaqiri opener 37 minutes ago - Hope and heartache for Tottenham teammates, friends at World Cup 38 minutes ago - Son Heung-Min and Korea qualified for the World Cup Round of 16 in the most dramatic way possible 41 minutes ago - PL star sparks Serbia revival in wild first half; WC villain in tears after late chaos: LIVE 42 minutes ago - Cameroon 0-0 Brazil LIVE score, FIFA World Cup: Epassy saves keep match goalless at HT - CMR vs BRA 2022 updates 45 minutes ago - Real Madrid Transfer News Roundup: Los Blancos unwilling to pay more than €100 million for Borussia Dortmund midfielder; club planning Bosman move for Manchester United forward, and more - December 2, 47 minutes ago - Cameroon 0-0 Brazil LIVE! World Cup 2022 match stream, latest score and goal updates today 58 minutes ago - Serbia vs Switzerland LIVE: World Cup 2022 latest score and updates as Mitrovic cancels out Shaqiri opener 1 hour ago - Brazil handed encouraging boost regarding Neymar’s recovery from ankle injury ahead of 2022 FIFA World Cup knockout stages: Reports 1 hour ago - Voices from the Arab press: Football and justice 1 hour ago - South Korea score injury-time winner to reach World Cup last 16 1 hour ago - Son Heung-min made remarkable prediction before Hwang Hee-chan scored World Cup winner 1 hour ago - EA Sports released Team 2 of World Cup Icons in FIFA 23 featuring Samuel Eto'o, Roberto Baggio, and more 2 hours ago - Man City's John Stones backs ‘terrific’ Harry Maguire to continue England resurgence at Manchester United 2 hours ago - “Ajax is becoming too small”: 22-year-old Liverpool target backed for a move to big club by national teammate 2 hours ago - Newcastle United unlikely to sign James Maddison 2 hours ago - Football: South Korea score injury-time winner to reach World Cup last 16 2 hours ago - Fifa World Cup: Reactions as South Korea clinch a late round of 16 spot – ‘Sensational drama’ 2 hours ago - Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham could target 'new Darwin Nunez' transfer after World Cup displays 2 hours ago - EXPLAINER: Why Japan's World Cup goal was judged valid 2 hours ago - South Korea 2-1 Portugal: Hwang Hee-Chan rescues South Korea 2 hours ago - Most innovative headphones of 2022 2 hours ago - ANALYSIS-Soccer-Relentless Son drives South Korea into last 16 2 hours ago - Intelligent Cities Challenge conference, Barcelona 15-16 November 2022 2 hours ago - 2 Portugal players who performed and 3 who underperformed against South Korea | 2022 FIFA World Cup 2 hours ago - South Korea seal spot in World Cup knockout stages after last-gasp win over Portugal 2 hours ago - Uruguay fail to progress to last 16 despite 2-0 win over Ghana 2 hours ago - Son Heung-min wears mask in South Korea World Cup clash vs Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal. Here’s why 2 hours ago - Ghana vs Uruguay highlights: Giorgian de Arrascaeta goals no dey enough and Andre Ayew miss penalty as de two sides crash out of de 2022 World Cup 2 hours ago - Fifa World Cup: South Korea snatch last-16 spot from Uruguay with last-gasp winner against Portugal 2 hours ago - Football World Cup 2022: South Korea beats Portugal, both are further 2 hours ago - Uruguay beats Ghana in grudge rematch but is eliminated from World Cup after South Korea shocks Portugal 2 hours ago - Neil Mellor's two big Preston North End observations as transfer priorities obvious 2 hours ago - FIFA World Cup 2022 stars who went to school in Yorkshire 3 hours ago - Three Players and a Podcast: Rachel Yankey, Jen Beattie, Izzy Christiansen debate whether women's football should establish away sections 3 hours ago - World Cup 2022: South Korea beats Portugal to advance and knock out Uruguay 3 hours ago - Suarez torments Ghana, but is left in tears as Uruguay crash out in remarkable late twist 3 hours ago - Heung-min Son ends World Cup 2022 malaise with clutch moment in South Korea’s surprise triumph 3 hours ago - Hwang fires South Korea into last 16 with late winner against Portugal 3 hours ago - South Korea 2 – 1 Portugal: More MD3 drama, misfiring Ronaldo and timing can be everything 3 hours ago - South Korea stun Ronaldo's Portugal with late goal to reach knockouts 3 hours ago - ‘Absolute disaster’ – Scholes has no time for current Man Utd star in midfield pairing debate; names Ten Hag signing he’d ‘much prefer’ to partner 3 hours ago - South Korea advances at World Cup after stoppage-time winner 3 hours ago - Are Male Soccer Players Wearing Sports Bras Now, or What? 3 hours ago - South Korea 2-1 Portugal – World Cup LIVE SCORE: Hee-Chan Hwang hits 90th-minute goal to send South Korea into last-16 3 hours ago - World Cup 2022 - South Korea 2-1 Portugal: Hee-Chan Hwang's late winner sends Koreans through to last 16 3 hours ago - Clinical Validation of Cancer Genome Interpretation Platform at Heart of New €10M European Project 3 hours ago - Far-right US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones files for bankruptcy 3 hours ago - Richard Gordon: Proliferation of penalties makes success of VAR introduction up for debate 3 hours ago - Man says he beat teenager to death 'because he pulled a knife out on me' 3 hours ago - Cristiano Ronaldo makes a costly error leading to South Korea's equaliser against Portugal 3 hours ago - USA vs. the Netherlands World Cup watch parties in Dallas-Fort Worth 3 hours ago - John Stones 'proud' of England's World Cup displays, hails Harry Maguire 4 hours ago - West Ham statement makes the club's plans very clear 4 hours ago - Larsa Pippen Before Surgery: Why Rhinoplasty and Botox?
free geoip