[아시아경제 김수환 기자] Former member of the idol group EXO, Chris (Chinese name Wu Yipan), was arrested by the Chinese police for rape.
On July 31 (local time), the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau, Chaoyang Branch, said on Weibo on the night of July 31 (local time), “We have conducted an investigation into allegations raised on the Internet that Wu Pan (Wu Yi Pan) seduced a young woman several times to have sex with her. “Currently, we are conducting criminal detention of a Canadian citizen for rape and investigating the case,” he said.
Criminal detention in China is a personal detention measure equivalent to arrest in Korea.
Public security officials did not disclose the details of the charges against Chris.
The allegation of sexual assault by Chris was sparked by the revelations of Doumeijoo, who claimed to be Chris’ ex-girlfriend.
In an interview with Wang Yi Entertainment on the 18th, Doumeiju revealed that Chris had seduced many women for sex. In particular, it caused a huge stir in China by claiming that there were more than eight victims, including himself, and two of them were minors.
Since then, Chris’s side sued Doumeijoo for blackmail, threatening to expose his cheating and demanding large sums of money. Since then, the public security has conducted an investigation into two cases at the same time: the allegation of sexual assault by Chris and the case in which Chris sued Doumeijoo for blackmail.
According to the announcement of the results of the interim investigation announced on the 22nd of last month, the police concluded that there was a blackmailer, but that it was a man impersonating Doumeiju, not Doumeiju.
At that time, the public security said that it was confirmed that Chris was interviewing the female lead in a music video last December, and that he had sex with Doumeijoo at his house and then kept in touch. He added that he would continue to investigate whether there were any sexual offenses against other women, including Dumeiju.
In China, it is extremely rare for a suspect who has been detained by public security to be later released from the charges. Therefore, it is highly likely that Chris will be charged with rape in the future.
Immediately after the suspicion of Doumeijoo was raised, Chris said on his Weibo that if the allegations were true, “I will go to jail on my own feet.”
Brands such as Lancome and snack brand Liangpin Foods dropped advertisements featuring Chris as a model or terminated contracts with him as their image fell due to suspicions of sex crimes.
Chris, a Chinese-Canadian, became a top star while working as a singer and actor in China after a lawsuit against SM in 2014 to void his exclusive contract.
Reporter Kim Soo-hwan [email protected]
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