Jul 31, 2021 - World

Chinese Canadian pop star detained on rape allegations

Singer Kris Wu performs on the stage during 2020 Tencent Video Star Awards on December 20, 2020 i

Singer Kris Wu performs on stage during the 2020 Tencent Video Star Awards on Dec. 20. Photo: VCG/VCG via Getty Images

Chinese Canadian pop star Kris Wu was detained Saturday night on rape allegations, the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: The detainment marks a rare move to investigate a case involving sexual assault in China, where few assault allegations pan out, according to the Post.

  • Beijing has started to crack down on wealthy members of the private sector this year, according to the Post.

Driving the news: Earlier this month, a young woman, Du Meizhu, accused Wu of luring her and other teenagers for sex. More than two dozen other young women have since made other allegations against Wu.

  • More than a dozen brands have suspended or canceled contracts with Wu over the allegations, including Louis Vuitton, Porsche, Lancôme and others.
  • Wu has denied the allegations, according to the Post.
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