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Kris Wu: Chinese-Canadian pop star detained on suspicion of rape | Sexual assault news

Beijing police detained Chinese-Canadian pop star Chris Wu on suspicion of rape.

Wu’s detention on Saturday came after a 19-year-old student accused the singer of having date-raped her when she was 17.

The allegations prompted Wu’s widespread criticism on Chinese social media, with several luxury brands withdrawing deals with him. The 30-year-old star denies the claim.

Beijing police said in a statement that Wu was “criminally detained” on suspicion of rape “according to relevant information reported on the Internet” and “repeatedly seduced young women to have sexual relations.” ..

The statement gave no further details.

Wu’s detention news became a trend on Weibo’s most searched topic on Saturday night, with some online users starting to comment on Wu’s social media accounts and saying, “Get out of China!” ..

Wu also has Canadian citizenship, police said.

The official Communist Party newspaper, People’s Daily, wrote in a short online commentary, “Having a foreigner is not a talisman of protection, and no matter how big your name is, there is no exemption.”

Wu originally gained fame as a member of the K-POP boy band EXO, but left in 2014 and succeeded in his solo career as a singer, actor, model and judge for variety shows.

The teenager published his accusations on social media last month and later in an interview with Internet portal NetEase.

According to the interview, she thought she was meeting Wu for a career opportunity. Instead, his staff in attendance forced her to drink. As someone who didn’t go to the bar, she said she wasn’t tolerant and got drunk after drinking two glasses. The next day she woke up in Wu’s bed. That morning she said he was kind to her and promised to take care of her.

A teenager said it was the beginning of what she thought was their relationship. This was true until March, when he stopped returning her message.

At first she said she felt sorry for herself. But after learning that there were other women treated in the same way, she said she felt there was a worse person.

“I don’t think this is my own personal issue. It can even be said that it’s a matter of atmosphere in the Chinese entertainment world,” she said in an interview with NetEase.

Since her accusations, more people have spoken online and accused Wu of predatory actions such as inviting Wu’s staff to a fuss karaoke party.

Taken on January 19, 2017, this file photo shows actor Kris Wu attending the premiere of Paramount Pictures’ “xXx: Return Of Xander Cage” in Los Angeles, California. [File: Angela Weiss / AFP]

Brands such as Louis Vuitton, Bvlgari, L’Oreal Men and Porsche stopped their partnership with him last week as a result of the expansion of fallout.

Growing up between Vancouver and Guangzhou, Wu denied all allegations of assault and claimed to be innocent in multiple social media statements.

The singer said she met a young woman on July 19, 2020, but “I didn’t force her to drink”, “there was no such” detail “she explained. “.

“I have never” forced women to have sex “or” date rape “,” he wrote, adding that he would never sleep with a minor girl.

Wu’s studio also issued a long response to the teenager’s allegations, denying cheating and claiming that she tried to blackmail his staff for millions of yuan and forged her accusations.

When the complaint surfaced, luxury company Bvlgari said, “We attach great importance to the case involving Chris Wu and have decided to end all related collaborations with Wu from today.”

His lawyer is suing a teenager for defamation.

Students said she was also taking legal action against Wu, and the star said she tried to buy her silence for 500,000 yuan ($ 77,100).



https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/8/1/kris-wu-chinese-canadian-pop-star-detained-on-suspicion-of-rape Kris Wu: Chinese-Canadian pop star detained on suspicion of rape | Sexual assault news

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