Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu is awaiting sentencing on rape and criminal charges after facing a late night closed trial in a Beijing court amid huge scandal with allegations of at least two dozen of women has taken over the country.
Mr Wu, 31, who was arrested in August last year, was tried on charges of rape and ‘mass release’ – a charge of organizing and participating in group sex – which carries a prison sentence of up to five years.
The trial behind closed doors to protect the victim’s identity was held at Chaoyang People’s Court on Friday, according to Chang’An Net, which belongs to China’s powerful Communist Party-controlled Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission.
He was also allegedly involved in a video showing a group of men physically assaulting four women in another city.
The Chinese-Canadian national was arrested after a 19-year-old student, Du Meizhu, accused Mr Wu of allegedly raping her when she was 17 while she was drunk and unconscious.
Ms Du, who first posted her allegations on social media, said she was pressured to drink alcohol and woke up in bed the next day. She said seven other women told her that Mr. Wu seduced them under the guise of offering them jobs and opportunities.
Later, at least 24 other women spoke out against his alleged inappropriate behavior.
One of China’s biggest celebrities, Mr Wu rose to fame when he joined K-pop boy group EXO, but split up in 2014 to launch his solo career as a singer, actor and model. He went on to model for dozens of global brands and become a celebrity judge at shows including China Rap.
Mr Wu has denied all allegations against him, including allegations of luring girls to have sex with him in exchange for benefits or involvement with minors.
“There was no ‘groupie sex’! There was no ‘minor’!’ Mr. Wu said on his social media account after the allegations at the time. “If there was this stuff, please everyone relax, I’d put myself in jail!”
A week after the allegations emerged, Mr Wu was arrested in August on suspicion of rape and police said Mr Wu “repeatedly tricked young women into having sex”.
Following accusations, several brands, including Louis Vuitton and Porsche, severed deals with Mr Wu and severed ties amid a wave of outrage against the singer, fueling the country’s #MeToo movement.
The verdict and sentencing in the case will be delivered later, state media reported.
China’s top law enforcement agency, the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission, also denounced Wu.
“On Chinese soil, it is necessary to respect Chinese laws. We are not mistaken; we do not deliver. We take the facts as the basis and the law as the criterion,” he said.
In China, rape carries a prison sentence of three to 10 years and the second charge of gang debauchery that Mr Wu faces carries a sentence of up to five years in prison.
Mr. Wu has also starred in Hollywood movies, including “XXX: Return of Xander Cage” and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.”
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