FILE PHOTO: Kris Wu arrives on the iHeartRadio MuchMusic Video Awards (MMVA) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Mark Blinch/File Picture
July 20, 2021
BEIJING (Reuters) – At the very least 12 manufacturers together with worldwide names Bvlgari and Porsche stated they’d reduce ties with Kris Wu after a 19-year-old Chinese language pupil publicly accused the Chinese language-Canadian singer-actor of date rape.
The scholar, Du Meizhu, advised Chinese language media on Sunday that the 30-year-old star had raped her when she was 17 after plying her with drinks.
Wu, who made his Hollywood debut within the 2017 sci-fi movie “XXX: Return of Xander Cage” and was beforehand a member of Okay-pop group EXO, denied the accusations.
“I solely met Ms Du as soon as at a pal’s gathering on Dec. 5, 2020. I didn’t drive her to drink alcohol,” Wu, whose Chinese language identify is Wu Yifan, stated on his social media account on Monday.
The general public airing of allegations has precipitated a social media storm in China, with the hashtag “Du getting Wu to go away the business” garnering 850 million views.
Du stated in a social media put up on Sunday she was demanding that Wu give up the leisure business.
Du didn’t say if she had reported the alleged date rape to police however Wu’s studio stated in an announcement on Monday that it had reported Du’s accusation to police and had initiated authorized motion.
Neither Du nor Wu’s studio responded to messages from Reuters searching for remark. Reuters was not capable of instantly decide which police station might need obtained a report concerning the incident.
German luxurious sports activities automotive model Porsche stated in a put up on the Chinese language social media platform Weibo on Monday that it had ceased cooperation with Wu, and Bvlgari adopted swimsuit on Tuesday.
“Bvlgari attaches nice significance to the occasion associated to Mr Kris Wu, and decides to cease cooperative relationships with Mr Kris Wu any longer,” the Italian luxurious jewelry model stated in a put up on its Weibo web page.
(Reporting by Ryan Woo and Sophie Yu; Further reporting by Beijing Newsroom; enhancing by Robert Birsel)