Chinese singer-actor Kris WuImage source, Getty Images

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Kris Wu was arrested in 2021 after he was accused of date-rape by a student

By Rachel Russell

BBC News

Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu has been jailed for 13 years after being found guilty of sex crimes.

A court in Beijing convicted the 32-year-old singer and actor of raping three women and assembling a crowd to engage in an orgy.

He was arrested last year after being accused of date-rape by a student, before 24 more victims spoke out.

The court said he would be deported - although deportations in China usually take place after sentences are served.

Beijing's Chaoyang district court said on Friday that Wu would serve 11 years and six months for raping three women at his home in 2020 "when they were drunk and did not know or not able to resist".

He also received a sentence of one year and 10 months for "gathering people to commit adultery", the court added.

The first to accuse him was student Du Meizhu, who last year posted on social media that she had met Mr Wu two years earlier, when she was 17.

She said she had been invited to a party at his home, where she was pressured to drink alcohol and woke up in his bed the next day.

Mr Wu denied the claims, but at least 24 more victims accusing him of predatory behaviour. He was accused of inviting women to alcohol-fuelled karaoke parties.

The singer also faces a 600m yuan (£69m) tax evasion fine. State news agency Xinhua said he used a fictitious business to make false declarations about his worldwide income.

Mr Wu, who was born in China but has Canadian nationality, shot to fame as a member of the K-pop boyband EXO in the 2010s.

He became one of China's biggest celebrities after carving a solo career as a singer, actor, model and variety show judge.

However, brands including Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, L'Oreal Men and Porsche have suspended their partnerships with Mr Wu over the case.