Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu to stand trial for rape | entertainment news

Huizhong Wu, Associated Press

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Chinese-Canadian pop star Chris Wu faces rape and other felony charges in a closed trial in Beijing as China was outraged by a video showing a group of men physically attacking four women in another city.

Wu’s trial on Friday in Chaoyang People’s Court was reported late on Friday by Chang’An Net TV channel, owned by China’s powerful Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission, a commission controlled by the ruling Communist Party.

Many online users have criticized the timing of the announcement of the trial. “More concerned about the Tangshan case,” a top comment on Weibo said in response to a post on political and legal issues. It has been liked over 22,000 times.

The attack on four women eating at a restaurant in Tangshan, a coastal city east of Beijing, was spotted early Friday in surveillance footage widely circulated on Weibo. By Sunday, police had arrested nine people on suspicion of violent acts in the case.

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The attack and public outcry renewed the conversation about misogyny and abuse of women in China. Earlier this year, a video surfaced of a woman being chained in a shack. A police investigation revealed that she had been sold as a bride.

Meanwhile, Wu has been in police custody since last August. State media reported that the trial of the former Korean group EXO member was closed to the public in order to protect the victim’s privacy.

Wu was tried on charges of rape, as well as the “crime of gathering a crowd to engage in sexual promiscuity.” Rape is punishable by imprisonment for 3 to 10 years, although in exceptional cases life and death sentences can also be imposed. The second charge Wu faces is punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

The verdict and sentence were to be announced later, state media reported.

Last year, a teenager accused Wu of having sex with her when she was drunk. Wu denied the accusation.

The teenager also said that seven other women contacted her to say that Wu seduced them with promises of work and other opportunities. She said some of them were under 18.

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