Singer Kris Wu sentenced to 13 years for rape

Chinese-Canadian singer Kris Wu will spend 13 years in Chinese jail following a rape conviction and other charges, plus an $83 million fine for tax evasion. 

Beijing’s Chaoyang District Court sentenced 32-year-old Wu to 11 and a half years for the rape plus another year and 10 months for  “gathering people to commit adultery” in 2018. The sentences are consecutive.

Wu was born in China but holds Canadian citizenship. Part of the court order said he would be deported, but a Canadian diplomat was instead present at his sentencing.

Wu found himself in legal trouble after a 17-year-old accused him of rape in his home. Wu denied the charges, but seven other women came forward to say that Wu seduced them with promises of employment.

Closed trial

The trial was closed to the press to protect the identities of the witnesses who testified against him.

Wu has been a solo artist since 2014, when he left the popular Chinese-KPop band EXO.

More than 330,000 fans follow Wu on Spotify, and he was iHeart Radio’s Fan Fave New Artist in 2018.

Wu also had acting roles in China and won a Golden Knight Award for Best New Performer in 2015.

Accuser responds

In China, Wu goes by the name Wu Yifan and had tens of millions of followers on social media until his arrest in 2021, the New York Times reported.

He had more than a dozen endorsement deals that included Bulgari, Louis Vuitton and Porsche.

His initial accuser, Du Meizhu, responded to the sentencing on Weibo.

“This day has finally arrived,” Du wrote. “I am very grateful for China’s legal system that does not spare any criminals, even if he is a big star.”