BEIJING, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Police in China mentioned they’ve detained a 30-year-old Canadian man surnamed Wu on suspicion of committing rape, with state media figuring out him as Chinese language-born pop singer Kris Wu.
Wu was being investigated over accusations made on-line of “tricking younger ladies into having intercourse with him,” in response to an announcement by police within the Chaoyang district of the Chinese language capital Beijing late on Saturday.
Wu was publicly accused final month by an 18-year-old Chinese language pupil of inducing her and different ladies, a few of them underneath the age of 18, to have intercourse with him.
The coed advised Chinese language media final month that Wu had lured her into having intercourse when she was 17 after plying her with liquor. A police assertion final month mentioned the coed was invited by Wu’s staff to his home for casting in music movies.
Wu has beforehand denied the accusation and was not instantly contactable on Sunday.
Wu’s studio didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. His legislation agency didn’t reply calls. The Canadian embassy in Beijing didn’t instantly reply to an e-mailed request for remark.
It was not instantly clear whether or not Wu’s arrest was linked to the coed who made the accusations in July.
Wu made his Hollywood debut within the 2017 sci-fi movie “XXX: Return of Xander Cage” and was beforehand a member of Okay-pop group EXO.
At the very least a dozen manufacturers together with Porsche and Bvlgari had reduce ties with Wu after the accusation, which have induced a social media storm in China.
Chinese language state media have indicated that Wu’s movie star standing and international citizenship are unlikely to assist his case.
“Overseas nationality will not be a talisman, regardless of how well-known he’s, there is no such thing as a immunity. Whoever breaks the legislation shall be punished by legislation,” mentioned the Communist Occasion-owned Folks’s Every day on a social media posting on Saturday night that referred to the case.
Reporting by Yew Lun Tian, Yingzhi Yang and Cate Cadell; Enhancing by Raju Gopalakrishnan