Chinese-Canadian popstar jailed 13 years for rape


A Beijing court sentenced Canadian singer Kris Wu on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, to 13 years in jail after finding him guilty of crimes including rape.

Kris Wu was arrested last year in China, where he was born.

The court in the district of Chaoyang said investigation showed that from November to December 2020, the 32-year-old, who is also known as Wu Yifan, had raped three women.

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

The superstar, who is a former member of K-pop group EXO, returned to China in 2014 to pursue a solo career.

Wu was detained on July 31, 2021, after an 18-year-old Chinese student publicly accused him of inducing her and other girls, some of them younger than 18, to have sex with him.

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

The court also found him guilty of the crime of assembling a crowd to engage in sexual promiscuity in July 2018, it said.

Wu was also ordered to pay 600 million yuan ($83.77 million) for hiding personal income and other tax-related offences, the tax bureau said.

Wu evaded 95 million yuan of tax from 2019 to 2020 by hiding personal income through domestic and foreign affiliated enterprises, and underpaid taxes of 84 million yuan, authorities said.