Pop star Kris Wu detained in China after rape allegations

Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu has been detained by Beijing police on suspicion of rape after allegedly “repeatedly seducing young women into having sex,” police said in a statement Saturday night.a person wearing sunglasses: Kris Wu attending Paris Fashion Week in France on January 16, 2020.Kris Wu.

The case against Wu, 30 whose Chinese name is Wu Yifan is still under investigation, police in the Chaoyang district of the Chinese capital said.

The allegations first emerged last month on Weibo, a Chinese social media platform, when a woman posting under the verified handle “Du Meizhu” alleged she was sexually assaulted when she was a student at the Communication University of China in Beijing. She said she was 17 at the time of the alleged assault.

The allegations gained further traction after she was interviewed by 163.com, a major news portal.

Wu, who was born in southern China but is a Canadian citizen, denied the allegations on his personal Weibo account last month. His company announced it was pursuing legal action against his accuser, calling the accusations “malicious rumors.”

His once wildly popular social media accounts, including his Weibo page with more than 51 million followers, have been taken down following the police statement.

China’s top law enforcement agency, the ruling Communist Party’s Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission, commented on Wu’s detention on Saturday, posting on Weibo, “On Chinese land, it is necessary to abide by Chinese laws. We do not wrong; we do not indulge. We take facts as the basis and the law as the criterion.”

Wu rose to fame as a member of popular Korean-Chinese pop group EXO, then as a solo act after he left the band in 2014. He starred in multiple movies and modeled for brands like Burberry, soon becoming one of the country’s top brand ambassadors.

But many of his biggest brand partners were quick to distance themselves as the rape allegations spread.

French fashion house Louis Vuitton, which named Wu as brand ambassador in 2018, told reporters in July that the company was suspending its relationship with the artist until the claims are investigated.

“Louis Vuitton takes the recent accusations concerning Mr. Kris Wu very seriously and as such suspends its collaboration with the artist until the investigation is concluded,” it said in an emailed statement at the time.

Italian luxury brand Bulgari, Porsche China, and cosmetics brand Kans were among those that suspended or severed ties completely with Wu in July.

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