Chinese-Canadian singer Kris Wu has been sentenced to 13 years in prison in China after being found guilty of rape. The sentence comes a year after the singer’s arrest when he was accused of raping three women and also organizing an orgy.
The singer faced a trial in June this year without media access. The Chinese court stated that Wu would be deported after the completion of his sentence. Additionally, he is also fined $83 million over evasion of tax. Continue reading to know more about the development.
Kris Wu Sentenced to 13 Years in Prison on Rape Charges
On Friday, the Chaoyang district court in Beijing passed a sentence, ordering that Wu would have to serve 11 years and six months in prison for raping three women at his home in 2020, adding that ‘they were drunk and did not know or not able to resist.’ The court gave him another year and 10 months in prison for ‘gathering people to commit adultery.’
Wu was accused of rape in July last year. He denied the allegations at the time, and even the police seemed to side with him. However, his arrest was approved two weeks later, in August 2021, by the Chaoyang District People’s Procurator in Beijing, citing an ‘investigation in accordance with the law.’
The 32 year old singer underwent trial in June this year, where the media was strictly prohibited, in order to protect the identity of the victim. At the time, reports suggested that he could face three to ten years in jail.
The Singer was Accused of Harassment by 25 Women
Du Meizhu, a student and beauty influencer, was the first one to accuse Wu of rape. She claimed that the singer raped her after a date two years earlier when she was only 17 and was under the influence of alcohol.
She called out the singer on social media and revealed that she was invited to a party at his home, and was forced to drink alcohol. The next day, she found herself in Wu’s bed. After Meizhu, 24 more women came out and accused the singer of sexual harassment. Some of them accused him of inviting them to alcohol-loaded karaoke parties.
Kris Wu is also Facing Tax Evasion Charges
Wu is also under the radar of the tax bureau in China. He has been ordered to pay 600 million yuan or $83.77 million for tax-related offenses and hiding his personal income. The Love Shot singer allegedly evaded 95 million Yuan of tax between 2019 and 2020.
Kris Wu was born in China but currently holds Canadian nationality. He shot to fame as a memb er of the boyband EXO and released several hit tracks over the years. The singer gained wide popularity on television by appearing as a judge and mentor on The Rap of China.
Wu has also appeared in a number of hit films, including Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and XXX: Return of Xander Cage, and Chinese films like L.O.R.D. Legend of Ravaging Dynasties and its sequel and Guan Hu’s Mr. Six.
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