Former Chinese language-Canadian pop star Kris Wu has been jailed for 13 years after being discovered responsible of rape by a Chinese language courtroom.
Wu rose to fame as a member of Okay-pop boy band EXO, earlier than leaving in 2014 to launch a profitable solo profession as a singer, actor, mannequin and selection present choose.
19-year-old pupil Du Meizhu final yr accused Wu of raping her when she was 17, prompting a barrage of public criticism and luxurious manufacturers reducing offers with him.
Wu was sentenced to “11 years and 6 months’ imprisonment for rape,” Beijing’s Chaoyang District Courtroom stated on Friday, including that “he was additionally sentenced to 1 yr and 10 months’ imprisonment for the crime of gathering folks to commit adultery”.
“It was discovered that defendant Wu Yifan (Kris Wu) had pressured sexual activity with three ladies at his residence from November to December 2020 after they had been intoxicated and unaware or unable to withstand,” the courtroom stated.
Wu will serve a 13-year time period earlier than being ousted, he added. He was additionally fined 600 million yuan ($84 million) for tax evasion, state information company Xinhua stated, citing Beijing tax authorities.
Wu “used a pretend enterprise to transform the character of his earnings and misreport it, and evaded 95 million yuan in taxes by hiding private earnings via a number of home and abroad affiliated firms,” Xinhua reported.
He additionally “underpaid 84 million yuan in taxes,” the information company added. Wu was beforehand one among China’s most bankable stars, however manufacturers like Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, L’Oreal Males and Porsche have put their collaborations with him on maintain over the case.
And different victims have spoken out on-line within the wake of the preliminary claims, accusing Wu’s employees of predatory habits, together with inviting drunken karaoke events.
The hashtags ‘ladies assist ladies’, ‘ladies assist ladies’ and ‘ladies assist ladies time’ – during which ladies expressed solidarity with you – had been censored from Chinese language social media within the wake of the scandal.
Weibo’s trending hashtag “the legislation is the bottom ethical customary” additionally racked up 830 million views, as customers complained in regards to the excessive authorized threshold required for victims to show sexual assault in courtroom.
The saga round Wu evoked China’s controversial #MeToo motion, which noticed a surge of girls come ahead in 2018 voicing experiences of sexual harassment, generally involving highly effective public figures.
Beijing has moved decisively to suppress the feminist motion, arresting dozens of pupil activists in an illustration of its zero-tolerance method to these it deems potential threats to its management.
A landmark case introduced by screenwriter Zhou Xiaoxuan in opposition to high-profile TV presenter Zhu Jun was dismissed final yr, with a Beijing courtroom additionally dismissing an attraction final August.
And whereas tennis star Peng Shuai’s sexual assault allegations in opposition to a senior Communist Social gathering politician sparked a global outcry final yr, her claims had been shortly censored in China.
Peng later denied making the accusation.
Wu’s case was on the heart of a broad authorities crackdown on celeb tradition that took maintain final summer time.
Across the similar time as her arrest, widespread actress Zheng Shuang was hit with a $46 million tax evasion wonderful, whereas references to film star Zhao Wei had been deleted from video streaming websites.
Authorities stated they had been focusing on unhealthy values and “irregular aesthetics,” ordering broadcasters to close down actuality expertise reveals and cease giving airtime to “sissy” males and “vulgar influencers.”
Critics argued that the strikes had been additionally geared toward strengthening the Communist Social gathering’s ideological management and curbing exterior influences that would pose a menace to its rule.
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