Chinese-Canadian singer and actor Kris Wu, a major star in China, was sentenced to 13 years in prison, specifically for rape, according to a verdict handed down Friday, a case that sparked a scandal in the country.
The 32-year-old artist was sentenced to “11 years and six months in prison for rape,” according to the verdict of Chaoyang District Court in Beijing, which added that he was “also sentenced to one year and 10 months for the crime of rape.” gathering persons together for the purpose of committing adultery.”
Banned from China at the end of his sentence
At the end of his sentence, he will be expelled from China, as the verdict also shows. Kris Wu, a Canadian of Chinese descent, is a former member of the Chinese-South Korean group EXO. He left the group in 2014 to pursue a solo career as an actor, singer and model. Last year, he was accused by a 19-year-old Chinese student of raping her on a date when she was 17.
After the outrage caused by this scandal, brands such as Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, L’Oréal and Porsche, of which he was the ambassador, have suspended their cooperation with the singer.
Subsequently, other victims testified online to accuse Kris Wu’s team of predatory behavior, including inviting them to drunken karaoke parties.
These allegations sparked the start of a #Metoo movement in China, but it has since stagnated. Fearing an uncontrolled mass movement, the censors controlling the country’s internet quickly blocked hashtags and keywords related to sexual harassment cases on social networks.