A court in Beijing sentenced Canadian singer Kris Wu to 13 years in prison on Friday after he was convicted of crimes including rape, more than a year after his arrest. he is in China, where he was born and built a solid career.
According to the court in Chaoyang district, investigations revealed that from November to December 2020, the 32-year-old, also known as Wu Yifan, raped three women.
“Wu Yifan used three drunk women…in his house,” the court said in its official WeChat account.
A former member of the K-pop group EXO, the superstar returned to China in 2014 to pursue a solo career.
On July 31 last year, Wu was arrested after an 18-year-old Chinese boy publicly accused him of sexually assaulting her and other girls. some of them are younger than 18 years old, they are related to him.
At the time, the student told the media that Wu had lured her into having sex when she was 17 years old, after plying her with alcohol.
The court also found him guilty of the crime of gathering a crowd of people to have sex in July 2018, it said.
The Canadian embassy in Beijing did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment, although state media said its officials participated in the sanctions.
He was also ordered to pay 600 million yuan ($83.77 million) for hiding personal income and other tax crimes, the tax office said.
Wu avoided 95 million yuan in taxes from 2019 to 2020 by hiding personal income through domestic and foreign businesses, and underpaid 84 million yuan, authorities said.
At the time of his arrest, Wu was an ambassador for 15 brands, such as Bulgari, Lancome, Louis Vuitton and Porsche, all of which quickly cut ties with him.
The court said Wu would be deported, although lawyers in China said such deportations usually take place after a sentence is served.