Kris Wu to be convicted of rape

Chinese-Canadian superstar Kris Wu is set to be convicted of rape after a secret trial in Beijing on Friday, Hong Kong media reports. He faces three to ten years in prison.

Wu was arrested and formally charged in August last year after allegations were made by Du Meizhu, 18, a beauty industry influencer, in late July. The woman took to social media to accuse the musician and actor of raping her when she was 17 and at a time when she was drunk. Du also later accused him of doing the same thing to other young women, including two minors.

Wu denied the allegations at the time, and the police initially appeared to side with Wu. But two weeks later, the Chaoyang District People’s Procuratorate in Beijing issued an official statement, saying it approved Wu’s arrest “after investigation in accordance with the law.”

Reports are mounting that a trial in Beijing’s Chaoyang District People’s Court was closed to the public, apparently to protect the victim’s privacy. The charges included rape and “gang rampage.”

While Hong Kong media reports have not yet spelled out the details of the verdict, there can be little doubt about the outcome even if there had been a formal verdict. Chinese courts have a 99.9% conviction rate. The court said the verdict would be announced at a later date.

In China, the crime of rape usually carries a prison sentence of between three and ten years. In particularly serious cases, as well as statutory rape, the penalty can be life imprisonment or even the death penalty. The age of consent in China is 14.

Group licentiousness, defined as having sex with three or more participants over the age of 16, is punishable by up to five years in prison.

When the formal charges were filed, it was reported that the court could also decide to deport Wu.

Born in China but of Canadian citizenship, Wu was one of China’s biggest entertainment stars. He rose to fame as part of the Chinese-language offshoot of Korean boy band EXO before focusing on his career in China. The rapper has become a TV fixture as a judge and mentor on shows like The Rap of China. In 2018 he signed an exclusive distribution deal with Universal Music.

Previously represented by UTA and CAA, Wu has appeared in Hollywood films such as XXX: Return of Xander Cage and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, as well as Chinese films such as Guan Hu’s Mr. Six” and 2016 fantasy “LORD Legend of Ravaging Dynasties” and its 2020 sequel.

Official media and organizations have presented Wu’s arrest last year as a great victory and an example of China’s strong rule of law. It was also another opportunity to call for a cleanse of the toxic, money and celebrity worship culture in an already far-reaching campaign.

Following confirmation of his arrest last year, Wu was quickly ousted from streaming platforms, broadcasters and the local and international brands he supports. For other celebrities who have run into trouble with the law, like actress Zhao Wei last year, the official cancellation may include acting bans, restrictions on Internet searches and the removal of her name from previously published works. Kris Wu to be convicted of rape

Charles Jones

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