TAIPEI – Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu has faced rape and other criminal charges at a closed trial in Beijing, when China was furious over a video showing a group of men physically assaulting four women in another city.
Wu’s Friday trial at Chaoyang People’s Court was reported late Friday night by Chang’An Net, which is part of China’s powerful Central Commission for Political and Legal Affairs, a commission controlled by the ruling Communist Party.
Many online users criticized the timing of the trial announcement. “More concerned about the Tangshan issue,” the top commenter said on Weibo in response to the Political and Legal Affairs report. It has been liked more than 22,000 times.
The attack on four women dining at a restaurant in Tangshan, a coastal city east of Beijing, early Friday morning was seen in surveillance footage widely shared on Weibo. As of Sunday, police had arrested nine people Suspicion of violent attacks in the case.
The attack and public outcry renewed a conversation about misogyny and abuse of women in China. Earlier this year, video surfaced of a woman chained up in a hut. The police investigation found that she had been trafficked and sold as a bride.
Wu, meanwhile, has been in police custody since August last year. The trial of the former member of the Korean group EXO was held in camera to protect the victim’s privacy, state media said.
Wu was tried for rape and the “crime of gathering a crowd to engage in sexual promiscuity.” Rape is punishable by imprisonment for a period of 3 to 10 years, with the possibility of life imprisonment and the death penalty in exceptional cases. The second charge against Wu is punishable by up to 5 years in prison.
The verdict and sentence were to be announced later, state media said.
Wu was charged last year from a teenager Having sex with her while she was drunk. Wu denied the accusation.
The teenager then also said seven other women contacted her to say that Wu had seduced her with promises of jobs and other opportunities. She said some were under the age of 18.
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