Kris Wu's Appeal Fails, 13-Year Jail Sentence for Rape Upheld

Pop Star's Legal Battle Ends in Harsh Verdict

by Nouman Rasool
Kris Wu's Appeal Fails, 13-Year Jail Sentence for Rape Upheld
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Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu, known for his music career and acting roles, has been unsuccessful in appealing his 13-year prison sentence for se*ual assault charges. The decision, confirmed by Beijing's Third Intermediate People's Court on November 24, marks the conclusion of a high-profile case that has drawn international attention.

Wu, a former member of the popular K-pop group EXO, was initially sentenced in 2022 by the Beijing Chaoyang People’s Court to 11 years and six months for rape and an additional 10 months for group licentiousness. This ruling comes under China's two-instance legal system, which means the appeal decision is final.

Wu's Damning Charges

The charges against Wu, whose full name is Wu Yifan, stemmed from incidents dating back to July 2018. He was accused of engaging in non-consensual se*ual acts with two women at his residence, taking advantage of their intoxicated state.

Further allegations surfaced in December 2020, involving three more women under similar circumstances. The court found that Wu was the principal offender in organizing and participating in these activities. Upon completion of his sentence, Wu is set to be deported to Canada.

There, he may face additional repercussions, including the possibility of chemical castration, a measure used in Canada for se* offenders. Wu's career, prior to these events, was marked by significant achievements in the entertainment industry.

He rose to fame as a member of EXO in 2012 and subsequently embarked on a successful solo career in 2014. His artistic ventures also extended to the big screen, with roles in movies such as "XXX: The Return of Xander Cage" and "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets." The court, in its ruling, emphasized the severity of Wu's actions, stating, “Wu Yifan took advantage of situations where a majority of the victims were under the influence of alcohol to engage in se*ual acts, constituting rape”.

This verdict serves as a stark reminder of the legal and moral consequences of such offenses, casting a shadow over Wu's once-flourishing career.