xi's moments
Home | Society

Chinese-Canadian star Wu to serve 13 years for rape

By CAO YIN | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2022-11-25 16:25

Chinese-Canadian singer and actor Kris Wu [Photo/IC]

Chinese-Canadian star Kris Wu, who tricked women into having sex, was sentenced by a Beijing court on Friday.

Wu will serve 13 years in prison after being convicted of rape and assembling a crowd to engage in promiscuous activities by the Beijing Chaoyang District People's Court.

He will be deported after he serves the sentence in China.

From November to December 2020, Wu had sex with three women at his residence against their will after they became drunk and were unable to resist, according to the court. And on July 1, 2018, Wu worked with others to arrange for two other women to engage in promiscuous activities after they drank alcohol in his home.

The court said that his behavior merited the sentence, noting that it was given based on the facts of the cases.

Officials from the Canadian Embassy in China attended the ruling.

Wu, 32, who once had more than 50 million followers on Sina Weibo, China's Twitter-like platform, was detained by Chaoyang police on July 31 last year after being accused of tricking women into having sex.

Soon afterwards, the Chaoyang procuratorate approved his arrest on suspicion of rape.

His trial began in June, but the case was not heard publicly out of concern for the victims' privacy.

The incident drew heavy public attention in June last year after a woman calling herself Du Meizhu posted statements online alleging that Wu had lured young women and girls under the age of 18 to have sex with him in the name of recruiting actresses. Du claimed that she was one of the victims.

After the case was exposed, a number of brands cut ties with the star, who was born in Guangdong province, and his promotional events were canceled.

TV, film and music industry associations in China have since called for celebrities to behave themselves, focus more on their professions to advance the development of the entertainment industry and set a good example for the public.

The country's regulators for cyberspace, radio and television also stepped up efforts to regulate the entertainment industry, launching a campaign targeting online variety shows in a bid to curb the irrational worship of superstars and misconduct committed by fans while supporting their idols.

Separately on Friday, Wu was fined about 600 million yuan ($83 million) for tax evasion, according to the Beijing Municipal Tax Service of the State Taxation Administration.

Global Edition
Copyright 1995 - . All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC). Without written authorization from CDIC, such content shall not be republished or used in any form. Note: Browsers with 1024*768 or higher resolution are suggested for this site.
License for publishing multimedia online 0108263

Registration Number: 130349