Kris Wu: Chinese-Canadian pop star sentenced to 13 years in prison for rape in China


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A Chinese court in Beijing sentenced Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu, also known as Wu Yifan, to 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual offenses including rape, the court said in a post on her official Weibo account.

Wu rose to fame as a member of the popular Korean-Chinese pop group EXO, and then as a solo act after leaving the band in 2014.

The Chaoyang District People’s Court in Beijing stated that between November 2020 and December 2020, the singer raped three women in his residence, when the women were unable or did not know how to resist due to alcohol intoxication; and in July 2018, he and others organized two women to participate in “promiscuous activities” while drunk at his residence, the court said.

The court convicted Wu on two charges – rape and gathering a crowd to engage in promiscuous activities – and sentenced him to 11.5 years and 22 months respectively. According to the Weibo post, the court handed down a 13-year prison sentence.

Wu will be deported after serving his sentence, the court said.

Wu was formally arrested on suspicion of rape in August last year, having first been detained by police in the Chinese capital in July 2021, following an online outcry over allegations of sexual assault against him in what has become the most high-profile #MeToo case. has become in China.

Officials from the Canadian embassy in China attended the sentencing, the court added.

The Canadian embassy in China did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment on Friday.

CNN is also seeking a response from Wu’s representatives.

Separately, the Beijing Municipal Tax Department has fined Wu 600 million RMB (about $83.8 million) for tax evasion, according to a statement from the agency released on Friday.

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