China convicts Canadian pop star of rape

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Kris Wu will serve 13 years in prison for abusing three young people, one of them a minor, and will later be deported from the country

A Beijing court sentenced Chinese-Canadian singer and actor Kris Wu to 13 years in prison on Friday. He has been found guilty of two crimes; one for rape, for which he was sentenced to eleven years and six months in prison; and another for “meeting people for the purpose of committing sexual promiscuity”, punishable by one year and ten months in prison.

In the ruling, the court also states that Wu, also known as Wu Yifan, will be deported from the country. Lawyers consulted by Reuters say such deportations usually take place after the sentence has been served.

The 32-year-old artist was arrested on July 31 last year after an 18-year-old girl publicly accused him of abusing her. The Chaoyang District Court states that the investigation revealed that the 32-year-old raped three women between November and December 2020. At least one of them was a minor when the attacks took place. “Wu Yifan abused three drunk women (…) in his house,” the magistrates said in their verdict.

Wu, a Canadian of Chinese descent, built a lucrative career as a pop star. He was a member of the K-pop group EXO. He left the band in 2014 to pursue a solo career as an actor, singer and model.

Last year, he was accused by an 18-year-old Chinese student of raping her when she was 17 after “urging” her to drink alcohol. Later, other victims testified that they accused Wu’s team of “predatory” behavior, especially when they were invited to karaoke parties. When the scandal broke, which led to great controversy in China, Wu was ambassador for fifteen brands such as Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, L’Oréal or Porsche. All of them suspended their collaboration with the singer.

The singer was also ordered to pay 600 million yuan (83.77 million euros) for concealing personal income and other tax-related crimes. Wu evaded 12.7 million euros between 2019 and 2020 by hiding personal income through affiliated domestic and foreign companies and underpaid taxes worth 11.3 million euros, the tax authorities said.

The Canadian embassy in Beijing declined to comment to journalists on Friday, even though several officials attended the sentencing.

Source: La Verdad

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