China sentences Chinese-Canadian star Kris Wu to 13 years
BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese court on Friday sentenced Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu to 13 years in prison on charges including rape.
Beijing’s Chaoyang District Court said Wu was sentenced to 11 years and 6 months for a rape in 2020, and 1 year and 10 months for the “crime of gathering a crowd to engage in sexual promiscuity” at a 2018 event with him and others reportedly getting two women they got drunk.
The court said the three victims in the rape case were also drunk and could not consent.
It said a combined 13-year prison sentence had been agreed and Wu would be immediately deported after serving his time.
“According to the facts … the nature, circumstances and harmful consequences of the crime, the court has rendered the above judgment,” the court said in an online statement.
A Canadian diplomat was in court to hear the sentencing, it said.
Wu was also fined 600 million yuan ($83.7 million) for evading taxes by massively understating his earnings from performances, advertising and other sources of income.
The June trial of the 32-year-old former member of the South Korean group EXO was closed to the public to protect the victims’ privacy.
Wu has been detained since August 2021 while police investigated comments online that he had “repeatedly lured young women” into having sex, according to a then-police statement.
That year, a teenager accused him of having sex with her while she was drunk. Wu, known in Chinese as Wu Yifan, denied the allegation.
The teen then said seven other women had contacted her to say Wu had lured them with promises of jobs and other opportunities. She said some were under 18.
Rape is punishable by three to ten years’ imprisonment, although exceptional cases can lead to more severe sentences up to the death penalty. The second charge against Wu is punishable by up to five years in prison.
Wu grew up in Guangzhou in China and in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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