The Chaoyang District People’s Procuratorate in Beijing approved the arrest of Chinese actor and singer, Kris Wu, on suspicion of rape after a legal investigation, it said on its official Weibo account on Monday.
According to legal sources, under Chinese law, the move shows that prosecutors and police have reasonable evidence to believe that Wu committed the crimes he has been accused of. Under China’s criminal law, the standard penalty for rape is three to 10 years imprisonment, though the punishment can be more severe, and include capital punishment in cases considered to be more serious.
All of the brands, including Louis Vuitton, that once partnered with Wu have already taken steps to distance themselves from the fallen star, by cancelling or ending their collaborations and removing posts related to him from social media accounts. Wu’s personal and company accounts have also been deleted by Weibo and his songs have been removed from various music platforms.
Navigating China’s celebrity ecosystem has always been a high-risk, high-reward gamble for global luxury brands, but the stakes are even higher in this volatile, politically charged year.