A Beijing court sentenced Canadian singer Kris Wu on Friday to 13 years in jail after finding him guilty of crimes including rape, just over a year after his arrest in China, where he was born and built a lucrative career.
According to the court in the Chaoyang district, an investigation revealed that the 32-year-old, also known as Wu Yifan, raped three women between November and December 2020.
“Wu Yifan took advantage of three drunken women … at his home,” the court said on its official WeChat account.
The former member of the K-pop group EXO returned to China in 2014 to pursue a solo career.
Wu was arrested last July 31 after an 18-year-old Chinese student publicly accused him of inducing her and other girls, some of whom were younger than 18, to have sex with him.
The student told the media at the time that Wu lured her into having sex when she was 17, after plying her with liquor.
In July 2018, the court also found him guilty of assembling a crowd to engage in sexual promiscuity.
The Canadian embassy in Beijing did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters, though state media reported that its officials were present at the sentencing.
According to the tax bureau, he was also ordered to pay $83.77 million for concealing personal income and other tax-related offenses.
Wu avoided paying $13 million in taxes between 2019 and 2020 by hiding personal income through domestic and foreign affiliated enterprises, according to authorities, and underpaid taxes by 84 million yuan.
Wu was an ambassador for 15 brands at the time of his arrest, including Bulgari, Lancome, Louis Vuitton, and Porsche, all of which cut ties with him immediately.
Although the court stated that Wu would be deported, lawyers in China have stated that such deportations typically occur after the completion of the sentence.