Chinese language-Canadian pop star Kris Wu has been detained on suspicion of rape, police in China have confirmed in a press release.
The previous member of Ok-pop group EXO has been accused of date rape and preying on underage women by his rumoured 19-year-old ex-girlfriend, Du Meizhu.
The Washington Post reported earlier this month (July 21) that 24 alleged victims had made accusations in opposition to Wu, 30, on Chinese language social media. He has vehemently denied all allegations.
In a press release posted on Weibo, a Chinese language social media platform, the Chaoyang District department of the Beijing police mentioned right now (July 31) that Wu had been “criminally detained”. The arrest was made “in response to related data reported on the web”, which included accusations that he had “repeatedly deceived younger girls into sexual relations”, per the New York Times.
The People’s Daily, the official paper of the Chinese language Communist Occasion, mentioned of Wu’s case: “Having a international nationality just isn’t a protecting talisman, and irrespective of how large the title is, there isn’t any immunity.” Wu was born in China however is a Canadian citizen.
The paper added: “Keep in mind: The upper the recognition, the extra you should be self-disciplined, the extra standard you’re, the extra you could abide by the regulation.”
Chinese language state broadcaster CCTV and the Communist Youth League of China each issued statements concerning the allegations in opposition to Wu earlier this month. CCTV mentioned the case had “escalated into one thing bigger than celeb gossip, right into a authorized case and public occasion with huge social influence, one thing that calls for a complete investigation and clarifications by related departments”.
The Communist Youth League added that they weren’t involved with celeb gossip “however about good and evil, magnificence and ugliness in society, about equity and justice in a society with rule of regulation”.
Variety reported that Wu’s firm Beijing Fanshi Tradition and Media claimed the singer had solely met Du as soon as. It additionally issued a press release refuting Du’s allegations and mentioned that it had initiated a lawsuit in opposition to her. Du’s sister reportedly later addressed the corporate’s rebuttals, who gave what she mentioned was additional proof of a relationship between the 2.
Du alleged that the 30-year-old singer would supply performing and singing alternatives to younger girls, luring them to play ingesting video games and spend the night time with him. Wu denied Du’s claims on Weibo, saying: “No luring for intercourse! No drugging to rape! No underage! If there was this behaviour, everybody relaxation assured I might go to jail willingly. I totally perceive the authorized weight of my phrases above.”
A number of manufacturers terminated their partnerships with the singer after the allegations first emerged. He was the face of a number of merchandise and types, together with luxurious vehicles, cosmetics and meals manufacturers.