Chinese-Canadian celebrity Wu Yi Fan, better known as Chris Wu, is making headlines amid growing allegations of luring young girls, including underage teenagers, to have sex with him. The allegation by one of the alleged victims resulted in a massive backlash against Wu in China. Now, the actor-singer has been detained by the Chinese police on suspicion of rape.
According to Variety, Beijing Chaoyang District Police reported on its official Weibo on July 31, “in response to Internet reports ‘Wu Xie-fan has repeatedly tricked young women into having sex’ and other related issues.” , Wu X-Fan (male, 30, Canadian) has been detained in accordance with the law after a police investigation for the suspected offense of rape.”
Wu is one of the well-known names in the entertainment sector of China. Following the Chinese police announcement, the post reportedly garnered over 3.33 million likes. The hashtag “#WuYifan has been detained” became the number one search on the Weibo platform, a Chinese social media platform similar to Twitter.
Several big brands including Louis Vuitton, Porsche, French beauty brand Lancme, German brand Tempo, food brand Master Kang, platform Tencent Video, kitchen appliance maker Watti, haircare brand Seong and Ethersound have severed ties with her.
According to BBC News, “In recent weeks, 19-year-old university student Do Meizu has alleged online that Wu had lured teenage girls into having sex with him by promising lucrative opportunities in the music or acting industries. never happened.
Ms Do spoke to the NetEase site and alleged that she was aware of at least eight victims, including herself. In China, the age of consent is 14. She said two of them were minors. She claimed that she first met Wu at the age of 17. He was invited to his house along with other girls and they were forced to drink alcohol. She claimed that the next day she woke up in his bed.
In her interview, she claimed that Wu would allegedly pay other women to introduce her to more girls. The BBC reports, “Ms Du alleged that Wu had paid her 500,000 yuan ($77,130, £56,100) to ‘keep quiet’ but now chose to speak up because she wanted to be the ‘last victim’. She said she was paying the money and was ready to face legal action.”
On the morning of July 19, Wu went to his Sina Weibo account to post a statement. “I’ve never cheated on, ‘underage girls’ or anything like that. If I did that, I’d put myself in jail!” Wu said, according to the Global Times.
In a statement released by Wu’s studio, they claim that the claims made by Ms. Do are false. The studio also alleged that she would approach the studio and demand a hefty amount to remove the social media post. The studio revealed that they had reported the matter to public security organs for investigation.
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