2022-11-25 11:17:21

Canadian Singer Kris Wu Sentenced to Prison for Rape in China

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By Daisuke Wakabayashi

Before his arrest over #MeToo allegations, Kris Wu was one of Chinas most popular entertainers, with legions of fans and brand deals.

Kris Wu, a Canadian Chinese pop singer who was once one of Chinas most popular entertainers, was found guilty of rape by a Beijing court and sentenced to 13 years in prison on Friday, becoming one of the most prominent figures in the country to be punished for #MeToo allegations.

In a statement on social media the Chaoyang District Peoples Court in Beijing said Mr. Wu was convicted of taking advantage of three drunken women and forcibly having sex with them at his home in 2020. He was also found guilty of gathering a crowd to engage in promiscuous activities, the court said.

Before his arrest in 2021, Mr. Wu, who is known in China as Wu Yifan, was a superstar with tens of millions of followers on social media. Born in China and raised partly in Canada, he rose to fame as a member of the Korean pop band EXO before establishing a successful solo career as a model, singer and actor. He had endorsement deals with more than a dozen prominent domestic and international brands, including Bulgari, Louis Vuitton and Porsche.

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