Sunday, 26 September, 2021

Pop star Kris Wu formally arrested in China on suspicion of rape

Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu has been formally arrested on suspicion of rape, prosecutors in Beijing said in a statement Monday.

The move comes after 30-year-old Wu was first detained on July 31 by police in the Chinese capital, following an online outcry over sexual assault allegation against him in what has become the most high-profile #Metoo case in China.

The allegations first emerged last month on Chinese social media platform Weibo, when a woman posting under the verified handle "Du Meizhu" alleged Wu, whose Chinese name is Wu Yifan, had sexually assaulted her while she was drunk at the pop star's home, where she said she had gone for a casting interview.

The woman, a student at the Communication University of China in Beijing, said she was 17 at the time of the alleged assault.

Du later alleged that several other women, including two minors, had reached out to her to share similar experiences of being lured into having sex by Wu, who is one of China's biggest stars.
Wu's representatives did not respond to CNN's request for comment.

The terse statement from the prosecutor's office in Beijing's Chaoyang said Wu's arrest for suspected rape was formally approved Monday, but it did not offer any details on the charges.
Before he was detained, Wu had denied the allegations on his personal Weibo account. His company said it was pursuing legal action against his accuser, calling the accusations "malicious rumors."