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 received 11 years and 6 months for a 2020 rape and 1 year and 10 months for “the crime of gathering a crowd to engage in sexual promiscuity” in a 2018 incident where he and others allegedly assaulted two women, they had gotten drunk.

The court said the three victims in the rape case had also been drunk and were unable to give consent.

It said a combined 13-year sentence had been agreed and Wu would be deported immediately after serving.

“According to the facts … the nature, circumstances and prejudicial consequences of the crime, the court passed the above sentence,” 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 tax evasion by massively underreporting his earnings from performances, advertisements and other sources of income.

The trial in June of the 32-year-old former member of South Korean group EXO was closed to the public to protect the privacy of the victims.

Wu has been detained since August 2021 while police conducted an investigation in response to comments online that he “repeatedly enticed young women” to have sex, according to a police statement at the time.

That year, a teenager accused him of having sex with her while she was drunk. Wu, known in Chinese as Wu Yifan, denied the charge.

The teenager then said seven other women contacted her to say Wu seduced them with promises of jobs and other opportunities. She said some were under 18.

Rape is punishable by three to 10 years in prison, although exceptional cases can result in harsher penalties up to death. The second charge Wu faced is punishable by up to five years in prison.

Wu grew up in Guangzhou, China and in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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