Kris Wu, Canadian Chinese pop singer, once one of China’s most popular entertainers, was found guilty of rape by a Beijing court and sentenced to 13 years in Friday was his Friday in prison, making him one of the most famous figures in The country to Be punished for #MeToo allegations.
In a statement on social media the Chaoyang District People’s Court in Beijing said Mr. Wu He was convicted for taking advantage of three women who were drunk and having sex at his house with them. in 2020. He was also found responsible for “gathering a crowd to engage in promiscuous activities,” According to the court.
Before his arrest in 2021, Mr. WuWho are you? in China As Wu Yifan was a social media superstar who had tens to millions of followers. Born in China Partly raised in Canada, he rose to He was an idol in the Korean pop group EXO, before going on to a successful solo career as an actor, model, and singer. He was an endorser for more than a dozen international and domestic brands, including Bulgari and Louis Vuitton.
His career was ruined when an 18-year old university student accused him of tempting young women like himself. to His home to Talk about potential career opportunities. Then, you should drink alcohol to make it more appealing before pressing them. for sex. Du Meizhu, an accuser, claimed that she believed that Mr. Wu This was what I did. to Other young women
Initially, the police’s preliminary findings of her allegations said she had played up her story “to enhance her online popularity,” Her supporters were furious and she was accused of being a victim-shaming police.
This worked. to amplify Ms. Du’s allegations, building a rare groundswell of support in A country where women are discouraged from bringing up complaints for Sexual misconduct and victims of harassment and sexual assault are often targeted for Online abuse and even lawsuits for defamation.
“This day has finally arrived,” Ms. Du wrote on the country’s popular Weibo social media platform after the prison sentence was announced. “I am very grateful for China’s legal system that does not spare any criminals, even if he is a big star,” she later added.
After Mr. Wu’s detention last year, propaganda outlets of China’s ruling Communist Party hailed the arrest as a lesson to Celebrities should not be told that their fame will protect them from being charged with a crime.
According to the court, he would also face deportation. Officials from Canadian embassy in China The court confirmed that he was present at the sentencing hearing. Mr. WuThe right to deny the allegations, as he had initially denied them. to Appeal against his conviction and 13-year sentence in prison Mr. Wu’s lawyer could not be immediately reached.
Separately, the Chinese government announced that it would seek 600m yuan (or about $83 million) from Mr. Wu for Tax evasion, overdue payments, and fines according to XinhuaThe state-owned news agency.
Supporters of China’s nascent #MeToo movement said the conviction, if it stands, would serve as a warning to Sexual misconduct perpetrators
“It will also encourage some women to have the courage to come forward to defend their rights in an environment where victims are often shamed and humiliated,” Huang Simin is a lawyer for human rights on the mainland, who has dealt with cases related to to gender violence.