Canadian pop star Kris Wu sentenced to 13 years in prison for rape in China | China

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A court in Beijing has sentenced Chinese-born Canadian pop star Kris Wu to 13 years in prison after finding him guilty of crimes including rape, just over a year after his arrest in Chinawhere he was born and built a lucrative career.

The Chaoyang District Court said investigations showed that Wu, also known as Wu Yifan, raped three women from November to December 2020.

“Wu Yifan took advantage of three drunken women … in his home,” the court said on its official WeChat account.

A former member of K-pop group Exo, the superstar returned to China in 2014 to pursue a solo career.

Wu was detained in Beijing on July 31, 2021, after an 18-year-old Chinese student publicly accused him to get her and other girls, some under 18, to have sex with him.

At the time, the student told the media that Wu had lured her into having sex when she was 17 after plying her with alcohol.

The court also found him guilty of the crime of gathering a crowd to engage in sexual promiscuity 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 had attended the sentencing.

Wu was also ordered to pay 600 million yuan (69 million pounds) for concealing personal income and other tax-related offenses, the tax bureau said.

Wu avoided 95 million yuan in taxes from 2019 to 2020 by hiding personal income through domestic and foreign affiliates and underpaid taxes of 84 million yuan, authorities said.

At the time of his detention, Wu was an ambassador for 15 brands, including Bulgari, Lancôme, Louis Vuitton and Porsche, all of which immediately cut ties with him.

The court said Wu would be deported, although lawyers in China have said such deportations typically take place after the end of the sentence.

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