Alleged by nineteen-year-old influencer Du Meizhu (都美朱) for sexual assault of underage girls, Chinese-Canadian actor and singer Kris Wu (吴亦凡) was arrested by authorities in August 2021 on suspicion of rape. After ten months of imprisonment, the 31-year-old disgraced star stood trial in Beijing courts on June 5, Friday.
An announcement made by the Beijing Court’s microblog account on the late evening of June 10 said that the Beijing Chaoyang court is commencing trial for the actor on charges of rape and “promiscuous behavior”, and his sentence will be announced at a later date. All court proceedings will be held in private due to the need to protect the victims’ privacy.
One of China’s most popular stars before his downfall, the former EXO member faced rape allegations initially, but the fresh revelation that he is also held on accusations of promiscuous or licentious activities caused recent uproar on the internet, with some netizens leaving comments asking for him to be punished for the full legal repercussions of his actions. With renewed interest in the scandal, terms including “Kris Wu’s trial begins”, “Kris Wu sentencing to be announced” and “Timeline of Kris Wu’s court case” surged up Weibo searches, hitting a total of six million searches and demonstrating the intense public interest in the matter.
Du Meizhu, who claimed to be one of the victims in the scandal and provided details in viral online posts, also posted a praying emoji in response to Kris Wu’s latest update. However she gets ridiculed by some netizens, who targeted her with nasty comments the likes of “Sleeping with Kris Wu is your fortune”, “Both are not good people, still pretending to be on moral high ground” and “You aren’t a victim, so why are you posting Weibo updates”.