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Kris Wu Sex Scandal

Wu in 2017
Date July 8, 2021 (2021-07-08)
Location  People’s Republic of China
Type Sex scandal
Target Du Meizhu and other female victims
Participants Kris Wu, Liu
Outcome Sponsorship losses for Wu, works and social media accounts removed from the Chinese market, and Wu’s arrest

The Kris Wu sex scandal is a sex scandal involving Chinese-Canadian rapper and actor Kris Wu Du Meizhu, a 19-year-old Chinese girl, released a post on her Weibo account on July 8, 2021, accusing him of allegedly raping her and 30 other females (including minors)

Wu denied all accusations but lost sponsorships, had his social media accounts and music removed from Chinese platforms, and was sentenced to 13 years in prison for rape

People involved

  • Kris Wu: Chinese-Canadian, born in 1990, actor, singer, record producer, rapper, and model
  • Du Meizhu: Chinese, born in 2002, student of Vocational and Technical College of Communication University of China (2020), major in film and television direction
  • 30 other unknown girls

Allegations

On July 8, 2021, 19-year-old university student Du Meizhu accused Wu of sexual misconduct on Weibo, a Chinese media platform In her allegation, she states that she was in a relationship with Wu and was raped after being forced to drink alcohol She said that she was 17 at the time of the assault Alongside her post she also included pictures and message screenshots to back up her claim after receiving threats from Wu’s fans At the time, Du had widely been discredited as a fame-seeker by the police

Following the incident, Du claimed that she was paid hush money by Wu’s agency but finally got the courage to speak out two years later Du also included in another post that there were more instances of Wu getting women drunk and then raping them She later said that she wasn’t the first or last victim after more women (including two minors) had reached out to her to share similar experiences of being lured by Wu

On August 8, 2021, one alleged underage rape victim from Los Angeles shared her story which started with her attending one of Wu’s drinking parties She told her lawyer Jing Wang that:

She saw this first-hand when she was invited by Wu’s assistant to attend a gathering Before the girls could enter the venue, they were required to turn in their phones to prevent photos and videos from being recorded Her story is being evaluated

Below are some of the accusations listed by Du which come from her Weibo posts:

  1. Wu never took any safety precautions whenever he raped the girls
  2. One of the methods that Wu would use was that he would “pick up” young and pretty fangirls, bring them over to what he claimed to be a mini fan convention and tell them that there were more fans coming The site of the “convention” turned out to be a hotel and when they reached their destination they soon realised that they were alone in a room with Wu
  3. Du received a total of 500,000 CNY (around $77,500 USD) as hush money and included a video of the transaction She stated that she’s returning the money
  4. Du had been invited to his home under the pretence of a work opportunity, where she was pressured to drink alcohol and then raped She awoke naked on his bed
  5. Wu had an STI while seeing a girl and forced her to get an abortion
  6. 7 other women have told her that Wu had raped them after using the same method he had used on Du, promises of jobs and other opportunities

After she was interviewed by NetEase, a major news portal, the allegations gained further attention Following the accusations, Du has also responded to Wu’s legal team and has said that she and the other victims will hand over their evidence to the police in due course

On his personal Weibo account, Wu has denied supplying Ms Du with alcohol, and also rejected other allegations that he had enticed girls to have sex in return for benefits, raped girls while they were unconscious, and had sex with minors He also announced that his company will take legal actions, calling the accusations “malicious rumours”

Process

On July 31, 2021, Wu was detained by the Beijing Chaoyang District police on suspicion of rape after “repeatedly seducing young women into having sex”, the police said in an official statement

China’s top law enforcement agency, the ruling Communist Party’s Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission, commented on Wu’s detention, posting on Weibo:

The Communist Party’s mouthpiece, People’s Daily, used the arrest to warn that foreign citizenship was not any protection against violating Chinese laws after questions aroused whether Wu’s Canadian citizenship would affect his punishment:

On August 16, 2021, he was formally arrested over allegations of rape The statement from the prosecutor’s office in Beijing’s Chaoyang said Wu’s arrest for suspected rape was formally approved, but it did not offer any details on the charges

On November 25, 2022, Wu was sentenced to 13 years in prison for rape

Influence

Judiciary

There has been more awareness of gender-based violence in China, first sparked by the 2018 #MeToo movement, where women voiced their experiences of sexual harassment, sometimes involving high-profile figures Many users on Weibo have thanked Du for speaking out against Wu and raising awareness for other women who have faced similar experiences

Works removed

On the evening of August 1, 2021, QQ Music and NetEase Music removed all of Kris Wu’s music from the shelves The official Weibo account of big-budget costume drama The Golden Hairpin, which stars Wu, deleted all posts related to him, leaving only a poster featuring the show’s supporting characters The Golden Hairpin, produced by Tencent Video, is Wu’s first TV drama Wu’s account on the short video platform Douyin was also blocked and its followers have been removed, and his Weibo profile has been taken down due to “Complaints in violating the rules and regulations of Weibo’s Community Convention”

Brands and companies

Numerous companies have followed suit in ousting Wu: brand endorsement deals were ended; social media posts that featured him were removed, and he was later blacklisted by several networks Below lists some of the entities that have either condemned Wu or disassociated themselves from him:

This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items (July 2021)
  • Bulgari
  • Bestore
  • China Media Group
  • Ethereal Sound
  • Honor of Kings
  • KANS Cosmetics
  • Kiehl’s
  • Lancôme
  • Liby Detergent
  • Louis Vuitton
  • L’Oréal Men
  • Master Kong Iced Tea
  • Porsche
  • Seeyoung Haircare
  • Tempo
  • Tencent
  • Tuborg Beer
  • Vatti

Prior relevant laws and regulations in Mainland China

Ban of “notorious” artists

In September 2014, the National Radio and Television Administration issued the “Notice of the National Radio and Television Administration Office on Strengthening the Management of the Production and Distribution of Radio and Television Programs, Film and TV Dramas, and Online Audio-visual Programs” Artists listed in this order are called “notorious” and could face permanent boycott from the industry

Relevant laws and regulations

Wikisource has original text related to this article:

Criminal Law of the People’s Republic of China

Mainland China has clear legal regulations on sex crimes According to Article 236 of the Criminal Law of the People’s Republic of China, the crime of rape refers to the act of using violence, coercion or other means against a woman’s will to forcibly have sexual intercourse with her, or deliberately have sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of fourteen Anyone who rapes a woman by violence, coercion or other means shall be sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment of no less than three years but no more than ten years Whoever commits adultery with a girl under the age of fourteen shall be punished as severely as rape, up to the death penalty Anyone who commits a joint offense by two or more persons shall be sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment of more than ten years, life imprisonment or a death sentence In addition, according to the territorial principle, if the crime occurred in China, the same sentences apply regardless of the nationality of the offender

Because Wu is a Canadian citizen, if he is formally convicted by the judiciary, he may also be deported, since according to Article 35 of the Criminal Law of the People’s Republic of China, foreigners who commit crimes can face deportation Some publications pointed out that the Chinese-American lawyer Bao Yuming, who was previously convicted of “violating social ethics and public order and good customs” in his sexual assault case, was deported

See also

  • Edison Chen photo scandal
  • Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse cases
  • Me Too movement (China)

Notes

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