On October 21, pianist Li Yundi (李雲迪) was detained by police for soliciting sex services, which is illegal in China. The jaw-dropping news was announced on Beijing’s Chaoyang police district’s Weibo page today, and also widely reported by the state media.
After receiving a public tip that a man was soliciting sex services, the Chaoyang police investigated the matter and detained the 39-year-old pianist and a 29-year-old female sex worker with the surname Chen.
Prior to its official announcement, the police had already hinted at Li Yundi’s involvement, “The world is more than just black and white, but it is essential that we can differentiate what is black and what is white.”
The People’s Daily‘s overseas WeChat account forwarded the police announcement and wrote, “If you play the wrong key, you can start again, and the road of life can be recognized as black and white.” Many speculated that they were referencing Li Yundi’s scandal.
At the moment, Li Yundi’s father and agent have remained silent about the incident.
Li Yundi’s Rise to Fame
Born in in Chongqing, Li Yundi is an internationally acclaimed pianist. By the age of 18, he had already won the 14th Frederic Chopin International Piano Competition. In 2001, he made his debut as a professional piano player, and is well known by Chinese viewers due to his variety show appearances and also friendship with Leehom Wang (王力宏). In 2007, Li Yundi immigrated to Hong Kong as a permanent resident under the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme.
Aside from his music accomplishments, Li Yundi was awarded honorary titles such as “China’s Top Ten Youth Leaders”, “National Ambassador”, and “Shenzhen’s Volunteerism Ambassador.” In 2012, he was hired as the deputy dean and professor of the Piano Research Institute in the Sichuan Conservatory of Music.
In August, Li Yundi joined Mango TV’s Call Me By Fire <披荊斬棘的哥哥> and ironically, he was still promoting the Chinese music show on his Weibo today at noon.
The Call Me By Fire crew has yet to respond to his scandal. By this evening however, the first seven episodes, which featured footage of Li Yundi, were all removed from Chinese streaming platforms.
This article is written by Hailey for JayneStars.com.