Chinese-Canadian star Kris Wu was sentenced to 13 years in prison in Beijing for various crimes

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

Beijing’s Chaoyang District Court said Wu was sentenced to 11 years and 6 months for rape in 2020 and 1 year and 10 months for “according to a crowd for indiscriminate sex” during an event last year. 2018 in which he and others allegedly assaulted two people. women they were drunk.

The court said the three victims of the rape were also drunk and were unable to give consent.

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It said a 13-year composite sentence had been agreed and Wu would be deported immediately upon completion of his prison term.

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“Based on the fact, the nature, circumstances and disastrous consequences of the crime, the court has rendered the above ruling,” the court said in an online statement.

A Canadian diplomat was in court to hear the sentencing.

Kris Wu appears on the red carpet at the iHeartRadio MMVAs in Toronto on August 26, 2018.

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Wu was also fined 600 million yuan (US$83.7 million) for tax evasion by over-declaring her income from performances, advertisements and other sources of income.

The trial of the 32-year-old former member of South Korean group EXO in June was closed to protect the privacy of the victims.

Wu has been in custody since August 2021 while police investigate online comments that he “repeatedly entices young women” to have sex, according to a police statement at the time. that point.

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

The teen later said seven other women had contacted her to say that Wu had seduced them with promises of work and other opportunities. She said some are under 18.

Rape can be punishable by 3 to 10 years in prison, although exceptions can lead to harsher sentences up to the death penalty. The second offence, Wu faces, carries a penalty of up to five years in prison.

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

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