Canadian pop star Kris Wu sentenced to 13 years in jail for rape in China

A Beijing court has sentenced the Chinese-born Canadian pop star Kris Wu to 13 years in jail after finding him guilty of crimes including rape.

The court in Chaoyang district said investigations showed that from November to December 2020, Wu, also known as Wu Yifan, raped three women.

It also found him guilty of the crime of assembling a crowd to engage in sexual promiscuity in July 2018, the court’s official WeChat account said.

It said Wu, 32, would be deported, although lawyers in China have said deportations typically take place after a defendant serves their sentence.

Wu was detained in Beijing on 31 July 2021 after an 18-year-old Chinese student publicly accused him of inducing her and other girls, some of them aged under 18, to have sex with him.

Officials from the Canadian embassy in Beijing attended the sentencing, according to state media.

The embassy did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.