China sentenced Chinese-Canadian star Chris Wu to 13 years in prison


BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese court on Friday sentenced Chinese-Canadian pop star Chris Wu to 13 years in prison on charges including rape.

The Beijing Chaoyang District Court said Wu received 11 years and 6 months for the 2020 rape and 1 year and 10 months for the “crime of gathering a crowd to engage in sexual debauchery” in a 2018 event in which he and others allegedly attacked two women whom they got drunk.

The court said the three victims in the rape case were also drunk and unable to give consent.

It said a combined 13-year sentence had been agreed upon and Wu would be deported immediately after serving his sentence.

“Based on the facts… the nature, circumstances and harmful consequences of the crime, the court has issued the above decision,” the court said in an online statement.

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A Canadian diplomat was present in court for the sentencing.

Wu was also fined 600 million yuan ($83.7 million) for tax evasion by massively understating his income from performances, advertising and other sources of income.

The June trial of the 32-year-old former member of South Korean group EXO was closed to the public to protect the privacy of the victims.

Wu was has been detained since August 2021 while police investigated in response to online comments that he had “repeatedly lured young women” into sex, according to a police statement at the time.

That year, a teenager accused him of having sex with her while she was drunk. Wu, known in Chinese as Wu Yifan, denied the accusation.

The teenager then said seven other women contacted her to say Wu had lured them with promises of jobs and other opportunities. She said some were under 18.

Rape is punishable by three to 10 years in prison, although in exceptional cases harsher sentences can be imposed, up to the death penalty. The second charge against Wu is punishable by up to five years in prison.

Wu grew up in Guangzhou, China and Vancouver, British Columbia.

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