Kris Wu, a Canadian singer who was born in China and became a superstar there, will spend 13 years in a Chinese jail for rape and other charges after multiple victims came forward, including one that was 17 at the time of the rape.
Wu, 32, was sentenced by Beijing’s Chaoyang District Court to 11 and a half years for rape plus another year and 10 months for “assembling a crowd to engage in sexual promiscuity” in 2018. The sentences will be consecutive.
The court order said he would be deported, but that does not seem to be happening. A Canadian diplomat was present at his sentencing and apparently waived extradition since the crimes took place in China.
Wu found himself in legal trouble after Du Meizhu accused him of raping her in his home. Wu denied the charges and it looked like he would get off on a technicality until seven other women came forward to say that Wu had also raped them after luring them to his home with a promise of a job.
Wu’s accuser reacts
Du responded to the sentencing on Weibo, a popular Chinese social media site.
“This day has finally arrived,” Du wrote. “I am very grateful for China’s legal system that does not spare any criminals, even if he is a big star.”
The press was excluded from covering the trial in order to protect the identities of the witnesses who testified against him, besides Du.
Wu was a member of the popular Chinese-KPop band EXO until 2014, when he took his act solo.
He has more than 330,000 followers on Spotify and was iHeart Radio’s Fan Fave New Artist in 2018.
Wu began acting in Chinese movies after leaving EXO, winning a Golden Knight Award for Best New Performer in 2015.
In China, Wu’s name is Wu Yifan, and he had tens of millions of followers on social media until his arrest in 2021, the New York Times reported.
He had more than a dozen endorsement deals that included Bulgari, Louis Vuitton and Porsche, but has fallen from favor because of the charges against him.