CHINA. (THECOUNT) — Chinese-Canadian actor, Kris Wu, has been detained in China for suspected rape, the Beijing police said Saturday.

19-year-old college student, Du Meizhu, claimed Wu, who starred in “xXx: Return of Xander Cage,” got her drunk at a party and date raped her, and that he has done the same to at least seven other young women, often found via casting calls or selected from his fan groups.

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The Beijing Chaoyang district police wrote on their official Weibo late Saturday: “In response to internet reports ‘Wu Xfan has repeatedly tricked young women into having sex’ and other related issues, after police investigations, Wu Xfan (male, 30, Canadian) has been detained for the suspected crime of rape in accordance with the law,” according to Variety.

The detention comes even though the police ruled last week that Du and friend with whom she had written her initial posts had done so “in order to enhance their own popularity online.” It also ruled that conflicting claims about an alleged settlement between the Wu and Du camps were the result of a third-party man defrauding both sides.

Wu has denied the allegations in the past, writing via social media: “I only met this woman once on Dec. 5, 2020 while with a group of friends… I declare I have never done anything like ‘selecting concubines,’ coercing women into sex, drugging people to rape them, or engaging with underage girls! If there really had been this behavior, I would certainly willingly go to jail.” Wu’s representatives could not be immediately reached for comment.

Wu is one of China’s highest profile celebrities.

According to IMDB:

Kris Wu (Chinese name: Wu Yifan) is a Chinese-Canadian actor, singer, and songwriter, active in China. He has starred in many Chinese box office hits, such as Somewhere Only We Know (2015), Mr. Six (2015), Mei ren yu (2016), and Sweet Sixteen (2016), and Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back (2017), as well as English-language films like xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017).

Kris was born and raised in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. He was born Li Jiahéng, and later changed his legal Chinese name to Wu Yifan, for personal reasons.

At the age of ten, he immigrated to Vancouver, Canada with his mother. He returned to China at the age of fifteen, and attended Guangzhou No. 7 Middle School for a short period. He was a “sports student’ and was named captain of the school’s basketball team. His team won 1st place in the China Junior NBA tournament in the South China Region that year. After that win, he was offered an NCAA scholarship that he had to turn down to follow his mother back to Vancouver, where he attended Point Grey Secondary School and Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School. He was also the captain of the basketball team for both schools.

At the age of 17, Kris auditioned for S.M. Entertainment’s Canadian Global Auditions, which were held in Vancouver on October 14th, 2007. After passing the auditions, he moved to South Korea in January 2008 and became an S.M trainee.

He started his career as a member of Chinese-South Korean boy band EXO and the leader of its sub-unit Exo-M. On May 15, 2014, Kris filed a lawsuit against S.M. Entertainment to terminate his contract, stating violation of human rights as the main reason. On October 10, EXO-M’s Han Lu also filed a lawsuit against S.M. Entertainment to nullify his contract. On July 30, 2015, S.M Entertainment Filed a lawsuit against Kris and the Chinese companies working with him at the Beijing court, stating that “these activities have infringed the rights of the EXO members and SM, and have caused great financial harm to us and our partners. This is not only an abuse of the system, but also an unethical move that has betrayed the trust of this company and the other members.” The following day, Kris released a statement defending himself stating that S.M. Entertainment had made him leave the group for several months and that S.M. Entertainment’s way of mistreating and neglecting their artists resulted in serious health issues: he had to take medication to be able to work from July 2013 to January 2014, when he was diagnosed with Myocarditis, which S.M. Entertainment did nothing about. He then lost trust in the company which pushed him to choose to request for contract termination. Lawsuit is still going and the court hasn’t pronounced the verdict for both Kris’ and Luhan’s cases. Since May of 2014 he is active in China, He is very successful in different fields, broke records, and as of 2016, he has filmed in 9 movies in just 2 years.

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