China sentenced Chris Wu to 13 years in prison


A Chinese court on Friday sentenced Chinese-Canadian pop star Chris Wu to 13 years in prison, including rape.

Beijing’s Chaoyang District Court said Wu was sentenced to 11 years and 6 months in 2020 for the rape and 1 year and 10 months for the “crime of gathering a crowd to commit sexual immorality” in 2018 when he and others allegedly assaulted two people. drunken women.

The court said that all three victims of the rape case were drunk and could not resist.

He said the combined 13-year sentence was agreed upon and Wu would be deported immediately after serving his time.

“On the facts … based on the nature, circumstances and harmful consequences of the crime, the court entered the above sentence,” the court said in an online statement.

A Canadian diplomat was in court to hear the verdict, he said.

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 alleged victims.

According to a police statement at the time, Wu had been detained since August last year as police investigated in response to online comments that he had “repeatedly solicited young women for sex”.

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

The teenager later said seven other women had contacted her, saying Wu had lured them with promises of jobs and other opportunities. Some are under 18, he said.

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 faces is punishable by up to five years in prison.

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