Kris Wu, the Chinese-Canadian music and performing star, was sentenced to a 13-year jail time period by a Chinese court docket on Friday.
He was discovered responsible of rape and group licentiousness. The court docket mentioned that he can be deported after serving his sentence. Wu was arrested and formally charged in August final yr, reviews Variety.
His case was heard in June in a case with out media entry.
Allegations towards Kris Wu have been made in July 2021 by Du Meizhu, 18, a magnificence business influencer. The lady used social media to accuse the musician and actor of date-raping her whereas she was 17 and at a time when she was drunk.
Du later additionally accused him of doing the identical to different younger girls, together with two minors. (China’s age of consent is 14.)
Wu denied the fees on the time and police initially appeared to aspect with the star. But two weeks later, the Chaoyang District People’s Procurator in Beijing issued an official assertion saying that it had permitted Wu’s arrest “after investigation in accordance with the law.”
In China, the crime of rape usually incurs a sentence of three to 10 years in jail, although in notably egregious circumstances the sentence can run to life imprisonment and even the loss of life penalty. Group licentiousness, outlined as intercourse involving three or extra contributors over the age of 16, carries a jail sentence of as much as 5 years.
Media reviews on the time of the trial in June instructed that Kris Wu risked a jail time period of three to 10 years. The 13-year sentence is longer than that and will level to aggravating elements or a call by the court docket to make an instance of a celeb.
The June listening to was held behind closed doorways, apparently to guard the sufferer’s identification. It additionally served to maintain followers and press consideration at bay for the trial of one of many nation’s largest celebrities.
Kris Wu was born in China, however has Canadian nationality. He rose to fame as a part of the Chinese-language offshoot of Korean boyband EXO, earlier than specializing in his profession in China.
The rapper grew to become a TV fixture as a choose and mentor on reveals together with “The Rap of China.” In 2018, he signed an unique distribution cope with Universal Music.
Previously represented by UTA and CAA, Wu has appeared in Hollywood movies together with XXX: Return of Xander Cage and ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’, in addition to Chinese movies comparable to Guan Hu’s ‘Mr. Six’ and 2016 fantasy ‘L.O.R.D. Legend of Ravaging Dynasties’ and its 2020 sequel.