China has sentenced singer and actor Chris Wu to 13 years in prison for rape

BEIJING — A Chinese court on Friday sentenced Chinese-Canadian pop star Chris Wu to 13 years in prison on charges that included rape.

Beijing’s Chaoyang District Court said Wu received 11 years and 6 months for the 2020 rape and 1 year and 10 months for the “crime of gathering a crowd to engage in sexual debauchery” in a 2018 incident in which he and others allegedly assaulted two women who had been drinking.

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The court said the three victims in the rape case were also drunk and could not resist.

It said a combined sentence of 13 years had been agreed upon and Wu would be immediately deported after serving his time.

“According to the facts … the nature, circumstances and harmful consequences of the crime, the court has rendered the above decision,” the court said in an online statement.

A Canadian diplomat was in court to hear the sentence, the release said.

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

Wu has been detained since August last year while police investigate comments online that he had “repeatedly enticed young women” to have sex, according to a police statement at the time.

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

The teenager then said seven other women contacted her to say Wu had lured them with promises of jobs and other opportunities. She said some were under 18.

Rape is punishable by 3 to 10 years in prison, although in exceptional cases, harsher sentences can be imposed, up to and including death. The second charge Wu faces is punishable by up to five years in prison.

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

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