K-Pop Star Gets 13 Years for Rape

Kris Wu, formerly of EXO, also fined $83.7M for evading taxes in China
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 25, 2022 9:19 AM CST
K-Pop Star Gets 13 Years for Rape
Singer Kris Wu celebrates his award for Fan Fave New Artist on the red carpet at the iHeartRadio MMVAs in Toronto on Aug. 26, 2018.   (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

A Chinese court on Friday sentenced Chinese-Canadian singer and actor Kris Wu to 13 years in prison on charges including rape. Beijing's Chaoyang District Court said the K-pop star was given 11 years and 6 months for a 2020 rape, and 1 year and 10 months for the "crime of assembling a crowd to engage in sexual promiscuity" in a 2018 event in which he and others allegedly assaulted two women they had gotten drunk, per the AP. The court said the three victims in the rape case had also been drunk and were unable to consent. It said a combined 13-year sentence was agreed on and Wu would be immediately deported after serving his time.

The judgment stemmed from "the nature, circumstances, and harmful consequences of the crime," the court said. A Canadian diplomat was in court to hear the sentencing, it said. The 32-year-old former member of the South Korean group EXO was also slapped with a fine of 600 million yuan or $83.7 million for evading taxes by massively underreporting his earnings from performances, advertisements, and other sources of income. His June trial was closed to the public to protect the victims' privacy. Wu has been detained since August 2021 while police conducted an investigation in response to comments online that he "repeatedly lured young women" to have sex, police said at that time.

That year, a teenager accused Wu 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 seduced 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 exceptional cases can result in harsher sentences up to death. The second charge Wu faced is punishable by up to five years in prison. Wu grew up in Guangzhou in China and in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Read more China stories.)

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