Chinese police detain Canadian pop star Chris Wu on rape charges


Kris Wu will arrive at the iHeartRadio MuchMusic Video Awards (MMVA) on August 26, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (MarkBlinch / Reuters)

Beijing — Chinese police said they had detained a 30-year-old Canadian man named Wu on suspicion of committing rape, and state media identified him as Chinese-born pop singer Chris Wu.

Wu was being investigated online for accusations of “fooling a young girl into having sex with him,” according to a statement released late Saturday by police in Chaoyang District, Beijing, the capital of China.

Wu had previously denied the accusation and was unable to contact him immediately on Sunday.

Wu’s studio did not immediately respond to the request for comment. His law firm didn’t answer the phone. The Canadian Embassy in Beijing did not immediately respond to an email request for comment.

It was not immediately clear whether Wu’s arrest was related to the student accused in July.

Chris Wu
Kris Wu will visit SiriusXM Studios in New York City on October 16, 2018. (MichaelLoccisano / Getty Images)

Wu made his Hollywood debut in the 2017 science fiction movie “XXX: Return of Xunder Cage” and was previously a member of the K-POP group EXO.

At least 12 brands, including Porsche and Bvlgari, broke their ties with Wu after the accusation, causing a social media storm in China.

Chinese media have pointed out that Wu’s celebrity status and foreign citizenship are unlikely to help his proceedings.