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On the morning of November 25, 2022 local time, the People’s Court of Chaoyang District, Beijing revealed the verdict of former Chinese-Canadian idol, Kris Wu Yifan (吴亦凡), for rape charges. Kris Wu has been detained by the Beijing Chaoyang authorities since July 2021 and spent his 32nd birthday, which just passed on November 6, in jail. The first court session for Kris Wu’s case was held in June 2022, which revealed he was charged with an additional crime of group licentiousness, i.e. having sex with multiple partners at once. Kris Wu’s team expressed they would appeal the verdict at the sentencing.
Kris Wu was found guilty of rape and sentenced to 11 years and 6 months in prison. As for the group licentiousness charges, Kris Wu was sentenced to 1 year and 10 months. The court decided to implement a 13 year sentence in prison for all the crimes. He will also face deportation out of China. According to a lawyer from a Beijing law firm, Kris Wu must serve out his 13 year prison sentence in China before he will be deported back to Canada.
During the trial, it was discovered from November to December 2020, Kris Wu had sexually assaulted three females at his residence who were intoxicated with alcohol and not conscious to resist or be able to resist his advances. In another incident dating back to July 1, 2018, Kris Wu and his cohorts organized sexual activities at his residence with two females after they were intoxicated with alcohol. The Beijing Chaoyang court felt Kris Wu’s behavior constituted as rape and group licentiousness, which led to their ruling on his sentence.
It’s reported officials from the Canadian embassy to China were in attendance at the sentencing.
Du Meizhu gets closure
After Kris Wu’s sentence was announced, Du Meizhu, who was the first person to expose Kris Wu’s actions to the public, posted “Finally waited for it to happen!”.
In addition to being convicted for rape, Kris Wu was being investigated by the Beijing Municipal Tax Service and was found guilty of tax evasion from 2019 to 2020. The Beijing Municipal Tax Service has delivered their findings to Kris Wu a few days ago, which revealed he owed 600 million RMB in back taxes and fines.