Embroiled in a rape scandal with convincing allegations from several influencers, former EXO member Kris Wu (吳亦凡) has now been arrested. According to an official Sina Weibo post of a Beijing police unit, the 30-ear-old star was arrested for his alleged involvement in rape and coercing sexual activity with underaged girls.
Although investigations are currently ongoing, Kris and his studio’s Weibo accounts were officially revoked, becoming the first artiste to experience this. Despite having 50 million followers previously, the accounts no longer show up in any Weibo searches. His songs were also completely removed from Netease’s music platform. The official account of The Golden Hairpin <青簪行> has deleted all of its posts with mentions of Kris’ name, with broadcast of the drama likely impossible despite its rumored 600 million Chinese yuan production cost.
Prison Time Ahead?
The star’s reputation has been tarnished, with numerous Chinese influencers such as 19-year-old Du Meizhu (都美竹) and Zhang Dansan (張丹三) alleging that Kris is sexually abusing young women by enticing them with opportunities in show business. Their accusations were supported by screenshots of their respective lengthy text conversations with Kris.
Kris’ arrest became the top discussion on Weibo, with one of the trending topics being legal repercussions the former idol has to face if convicted of sexual assault.
Legal experts shared that Kris could face jail time of three to ten years, and a heavier sentence if the victim was a minor or if multiple victims were involved – possibly a life imprisonment or even a death sentence as the maximum penalty. The eventual outcome of the case would therefore depend largely on the strength of the defense case built up by his lawyer.
Though of Canadian nationality, Kris would not be spared for his wrongdoings as crimes committed on Chinese soil must be persecuted under Chinese law, according to the principal of territoriality. A lawyer at Beijing’s Lanpeng Law Firm shared that once the case progresses to trial, Kris would have to serve out his sentence in China and likely be criminally deported after that, if he is found guilty.
This article is written by JoyceK for JayneStars.com.