Taipei, Taiwan — Chinese Canadian pop star Chris Wu faced rape and other criminal accusations in a private trial in Beijing.
Wu’s trial at the Chaoyang People’s Court on Friday was reported late Friday night by Chang Ann Net, a member of the powerful Central Political Legal Committee under the control of the Chinese Communist Party.
Many online users have criticized the timing of the announcement of the trial. “I’m more worried about the Karayama issue,” Weibo’s top commenter said in response to an explanation of political and legal affairs. It was highly evaluated more than 22,000 times.
Early Friday morning, an attack on four women eating at a restaurant in Tangshan, the eastern coastal city of Beijing, was seen in Weibo’s widely shared surveillance footage. By Sunday, police had arrested nine people on suspicion of violent assault in the case.
Meanwhile, Wu has been detained by police since August last year. A former member of South Korean group EXO was tried for rape and “a crime of gathering crowds to engage in sexual orgy.” Wu denied the accusation.
Rape is punished with imprisonment of 3 to 10 years, with exceptions to life imprisonment and death penalty. The second indictment Wu faces will be punished with up to five years in prison.
Verdicts and judgments were to be issued later, according to state media.