Pop star Kris Wu sentenced to 13 years of jail for rape in China

A court in Beijing on Friday sentenced Chinese-born Canadian musician Kris Wu to more than 13 years for crimes including rape.

The rapper and singer was detained and charged by Chinese authorities in July 2021 following a series of allegations of sexual harassment by internet celebrities and underage girls.

The Chaoyang District Court found Wu, also known as Wu Yifan, guilty of raping three women in November and December 2020, according to the court’s official Weibo account. The women were “intoxicated and defenseless” when the incidents took place, it added.

Wu, 32, made his Hollywood debut in the sci-fi movie “XXX: Return of Xander Cage” in 2017. He was also previously a member of the K-pop group EXO. At least a dozen brands, including Porsche and Bvlgari, have cut ties with the pop star after he was charged last year.

Wu was also found guilty of “group debauchery,” described as three or more people getting together to engage in sexual promiscuity. Charges of gang debauchery can result in a prison sentence of up to five years. Punishment for cases involving minors may be higher.

The pop star’s sentencing has sparked energetic conversations on Weibo, a Chinese social media app, where many netizens have welcomed the verdict. Some also said they were “witnessing history” as Kris Wu is the first idol in China to be imprisoned for a whopping 13 years.

According to the China Association of Performing Arts, Wu is one of 88 celebrities blacklisted in China in November for “illegal and immoral activities”. The association’s official announcement stated that the blacklist was developed to “strengthen industry self-discipline”.

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