HONG KONG – Chinese-Canadian pop star Chris Wu was sentenced to 13 years in prison for rape and other sex crimes, a Chinese court said on Friday (Nov 25) on his official Weibo account.
The Chaoyang District People’s Court in Beijing said that from November to December 2020, Wu, also known as Wu Yifan, raped three women at his home in a drunken stupor.
According to the Weibo post, Wu was sentenced in July 2018 to 11.5 years for rape and 22 months for “gathering mobs to engage in corrupt activities”. Wu, who is a Canadian citizen, will serve a 13-year term in China before being deported.
“Justice delayed, but now it’s here,” give meThe Chinese influencer who whistled at Wu wrote on Weibo after the announcement.
Born in China and raised in Canada, Wu was a former member of the popular K-pop group EXO before returning to China in 2014 to pursue his solo career.
Wu was detained in Beijing in July last year and formally arrested in August on suspicion of rape, after the then 18-year-old Du accused him and other underage girls of having sex with her under the pretext. felt that he would be promised an acting career. The closed-door trial began in Beijing in June.
The sexual assault allegations against Wu prompted widespread criticism and became one of the most high-profile #MeToo cases in China.
Wu was also ordered to pay a fine of 600 million yuan ($83.5 million) for concealing personal income through domestic and foreign affiliated enterprises, local taxation authorities said on their website.
Wu’s scandal comes at a time when Chinese internet and media regulators have vowed to silence “unhealthy” online fan groups and crack down on “tainted artists” who used drugs, visited prostitutes, from all forms of broadcasting or broke the law.
Artists in China have been under immense pressure to refrain from “immoral conduct”, which includes even minor acts such as smoking or getting tattoos.
Under public pressure over sex-crime allegations, some 20 brands – including Lancôme, Louis Vuitton, Bulgari and Porsche – severed ties with Wu last year. Chinese music streaming platforms, including Tencent’s QQ Music and NetEase Cloud Music, pulled his songs, and his Weibo social media account, where he had more than 51 million followers, was shut down soon after he was taken into custody.
Woo’s former group, EXO, became one of South Korea’s most successful boy bands, selling over 1.4 million albums in its first year, according to its label, SM Entertainment, and performing sold-out gigs around the world. Exhibited.
He has also acted in films and appeared as a judge chinese rap, a popular reality television program. As of 2017, Wu was named forbesThe 10th most influential Chinese celebrity of the year, with an annual income of 150 million yuan ($23 million).
In 2018, Woo signed with Universal Music to distribute his music in global territories in addition to Japan and South Korea. His debut studio album, Antares (2018), knocked Ariana Grande off the US iTunes music charts and was certified platinum in China. It peaked at number 100 on the Billboard 200 album chart, while the single “Like That” peaked at number 73 on the Billboard Hot 100. (Each lasted one week on the chart.)
Wu’s contract with Universal expired in March 2021 and the label did not renew it.