Canadian actor and singer Chris Wu, one of the most popular pop music stars in China, has been arrested on a charge of rape, the Chinese police announced today.
Last week one 19-year-old student denounces Chris Wu, who is of Chinese descent, that he raped her when she was 17 years old.
After the complaint broke out uproar on social networking sites and large luxury goods companies terminated their contracts with the star.
“Wu Yifan (aka the Chinese name for the star), a Canadian national, is currently being held by Beijing police on suspicion of rape,” police said in a post on the Chinese Weibo platform. He added that an investigation had been launched after internet users accused him of “repeatedly misleading young women to have sex” with them.
Chris Wu is a former member of the Sino-Korean band EXO. He left the band in 2014 to start a solo career as an actor, singer and model. He worked with Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, Lancôme and L’Oréal, and his face appeared everywhere in advertisements in China.
The student accuses him of raping her when they went on a date, two years ago. He then gave him an ultimatum, to leave the world of the show and apologize, threatening that otherwise he would reveal details of the attack in question.
He denies the accusations and his lawyers, according to AMPE, filed a defamation lawsuit against the student.
After the uproar, many brands such as Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, L’Oreal and Porsche stopped working with him.