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China sentences Canadian pop star Kris Wu to 13 years in prison for rape

Wu was arrested in Beijing last year after a Chinese student publicly accused him of enticing her and other girls into sex.

A Beijing court has sentenced Chinese-born Canadian pop star Kris Wu to 13 years in prison after finding him guilty of charges including rape.

Beijing’s Chaoyang District Court said Friday investigations showed that the man, also known as Wu Yifan, raped three women between November and December 2020.

It also found him guilty of the crime of gathering a crowd to engage in sexual promiscuity in July 2018, according to the court’s official WeChat account.

The court said the three victims in the rape case were also drunk and unable to defend themselves. It said a total sentence of 13 years had been agreed and Wu would be deported immediately after serving his sentence.

“Based on the facts … the nature, circumstances and harmful consequences of the crime, the court rendered the above judgment,” it said.

Wu was arrested in Beijing on July 31 last year after an 18-year-old Chinese student publicly accused him of enticing her and other girls, including some under the age of 18, to have sex with him.

Officials from the Canadian Embassy in Beijing attended the sentencing, according to state media.

Police conducted an investigation in response to comments online that he had “repeatedly lured young women into 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 as Wu Yifan in Chinese, denied the allegation.

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

Rape in China is punishable by three to ten years in prison, although exceptional cases can lead to harsher sentences, including death. The second charge Wu faced is punishable by up to five years in prison.

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

The saga spawned China’s #MeToo movement, which saw a surge in 2018 of women speaking out about their experiences of sexual harassment – sometimes with the involvement of powerful public figures.

Wu was one of China’s most bankable stars. Brands including Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, L’Oreal Men and Porsche have suspended their partnerships over the case.

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