Ex-pop star Kris Wu jailed for rape

Former pop star Kris Wu has been sentenced to 13 years' jail in Beijing after being found guilty of rape. – EPA pic, November 25, 2022.

CHINESE-CANADIAN ex-pop star Kris Wu has been jailed for 13 years after being found guilty of rape, a Chinese court said today, following a scandal that drew widespread condemnation.

Wu was sentenced to “11 years and six months of imprisonment for rape”, the court in Beijing’s Chaoyang district said, adding he “was also sentenced to imprisonment of one year and 10 months for the crime of gathering people to commit adultery”.

He will serve a 13-year term before being deported, the court said.

Wu originally shot to fame as a member of the K-pop boyband EXO, before leaving in 2014 to launch a successful solo career as a singer, actor, model and variety show judge.

Nineteen-year-old student Du Meizhu last year accused Wu of date-raping her when she was 17, resulting in a barrage of public criticism and luxury brands dropping deals with him.

More alleged victims spoke out online in the wake of those claims, accusing Wu’s staff of predatory behaviour, including inviting them to boozy karaoke parties.

The saga has evoked China’s #MeToo movement, which saw a wave of women come forward in 2018 voicing experiences of sexual harassment – sometimes involving powerful public figures. – AFP, November 25, 2022.

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