LONDON – Kris Wu, the former face of a dozen brands including Louis Vuitton, Porsche and Bulgari, was arrested Saturday evening by police in Beijing.
The news was announced via a Weibo message from the Chaoyang District Municipal Public Security Bureau. He said, “In response to online reports of a person with Wu’s last name repeatedly attracting young women for sex and other related charges, police arrested Wu (a 30-year-old male). years of Canadian nationality) suspected of rape… a further investigation is pending.
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Although police have not clarified who the person is, given the recent debacle surrounding Kris Wu’s personal life and the fact that the nationality and age revealed match his own, the post has gained more ‘half a million shares in 30 minutes and has become the trend. news on the social media platform, eclipsing the Tokyo Olympics.
Earlier this month, several brands severed ties with Wu as controversial claims about his personal life surfaced on Chinese social media over the weekend. A young woman who said she dated the pop star accused him of targeting young and sometimes underage women for sexual purposes, claims Wu denied.
Wu was one of the most treasured faces in China, serving as a face for Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, Porsche, Lancôme, L’Oréal, Kans as well as Master Kong Iced Tea, Tuborg Brewery, maker of household cleaning products Liby, maker of kitchen appliances Vatti, Tencent Video and Tencent’s popular King of Glory video game.
The Shanghai-based beauty brand Kans, owned by C-beauty giant Chicmax, was the first to respond and announce that it had terminated Wu’s endorsement deal on Weibo. Others quickly followed.
Wu, a former member of South Korean group EXO, was first accused of infidelity and preying on underage girls on July 8 by 19-year-old student Du Meizhu.
She shared screenshots of alleged conversations between Wu and underage girls on Weibo and claimed she had mental health issues and even had suicidal thoughts due to her infidelity and cyberbullying from her fans. .
Du alleged that Wu kept a special WeChat account to contact underage girls under the guise of recruiting artists or casting female roles for his music videos, ultimately luring the girls to play drinking games. Du said she was just one of his many conquests.
Wu and his team categorically denied the charges and announced that they had filed a libel suit against Du on the same day.
However, Du quickly revealed that she had not received a summons to court. Instead, she shared that Wu’s team contacted her and offered to settle the charges with money. She posted a discussion history of her negotiating the details of the settlement plan with Wu’s representative and a copy of the contract her team offered her to sign, which she claimed was a trap.
She then shared a video of herself receiving two bank transfers totaling 500,000 renminbi from Wu Stacy Yu and Wu Yi Fan, which appeared to be Kris Wu’s mother’s name and her name in Chinese pinyin.
In an interview with the local press released on Sunday, Du said she returned Wu the silence money in installments and was prepared to face legal action. She also claimed that more than 30 women who shared similar experiences with Wu contacted her, including two minors.
Wu then took to Weibo to address the issue in more depth, saying:
“I did not respond sooner because I did not want to disrupt the legal process but I did not imagine that my silence would accelerate this rumor, I cannot take it any longer. I only met this woman once on December 5, 2020 when I was with a group of friends. I didn’t urge anyone to drink, didn’t take a phone number, nor did I do any of the details she described. On that day, there were many people present who can be witnesses. I’m so sorry that this bothered everyone. I declare that I have never made a “selection of concubines”! No lure for sex! No date rape drugs! No minors! If there was this behavior, let everyone rest assured that I would go to jail of my own free will. I fully understand the legal weight of my comments above.
However, the police investigation released a week later on Weibo directly contradicts Wu’s statement.
The message states that Wu’s agent asked Du to come to Wu’s home on December 5 under the pretext of selecting her to appear in a clip. More than 10 people played games and drank at his house that evening.
Wu and Du had sex that night and Wu transferred 32,000 yuan, or $ 4,950, to Du for online shopping on December 8, according to the police statement. The two remained in contact on WeChat until April 2021.
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