Detained by police on suspicion of rape since July 31, Kris Wu (吴亦凡) is now arrested and formally charged with rape. The case will undergo prosecution and enter trial in the upcoming months.
After investigation, Beijing’s Chaoyang police branch officially announced on August 16 the formal arrest of the 30-year-old Canadian Chinese singer on suspicion of rape.
Although details of the charges are not revealed, the police had used Weibo to update on the progress of their investigation earlier on July 22. They stated that Kris had sexual relations with college student Du Meizhu (都美竹), who claimed she was 17 and was drunk when he sexually assaulted her. Police will also continue investigating accusations that he had forced minors into having sexual relations.
Mainland Chinese lawyer, Wu Zhiqiang (吳志強), stated that according to Article 236 of Criminal Law, rape of women by violence, coercion, or other means is to be sentenced between 3 to 10 years imprisonment. Sexual assault of an underage girl not yet 14 years old would receive similar repercussions as rape in a public area or rape of multiple people, resulting in a sentence of at least 10 years, life imprisonment, or the death penalty.
Since Kris has been officially detained since July, it insinuates that authorities have already obtained evidence of his crimes over accusations of rape.
Although Kris is a Canadian citizen, he will be not be treated any differently by the law. With his formal arrest, Kris’ case will undergo prosecution within two to six months. Afterward, the case will be transferred for trial at the people’s courts within two months. If he is charged with imprisonment, he will have to complete his sentence in China and be deported after.
This article is written by Kiki for JayneStars.com.