#METOO HAS IT ARRIVED IN CHINA? Several brands have severed ties with top Chinese-Canadian singer-actor Kris Wu as controversial claims about his personal life surfaced on Chinese social media over the weekend. A young woman who said she dated the pop star accused him of targeting young and sometimes underage women for sexual purposes, claims Wu denied.
Wu is one of the most valuable faces in China, serving as a face for Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, Porsche, Lancôme, L’Oréal, Kans as well as Master Kong Ice Tea, Tuborg Brewery, maker of household cleaning products Liby, maker of kitchen appliances Vatti, Tencent Video and Tencent’s popular King of Glory video game.
The Shanghai-based beauty brand Kans, owned by C-beauty giant Chicmax, was the first to respond and announced Sunday night that it had terminated Wu’s Weibo sponsorship deal. She was followed by Liby who cut ties with the celebrity Monday morning.
Porsche, Master Kong Ice Tea, Vatti and King of Glory have removed all Weibo messages mentioning Wu by Sunday. Louis Vuitton temporarily hid all of its posts on Weibo but made them public again shortly. His face is still visible on the Chinese social media accounts of Lancôme and Bulgari.
Wu, a former member of South Korean group EXO, was first accused of infidelity and preying on underage girls on July 8 by 19-year-old student Du Meizhu.
She shared screenshots of alleged conversations between Wu and underage girls on Weibo and claimed she had mental health issues and even had suicidal thoughts due to her infidelity and cyberbullying from her fans. .
Du alleged that Wu kept a special WeChat account to contact underage girls under the guise of recruiting new artists or casting female roles for his music videos, ultimately luring the girls to play drinking games. Du said she was just one of his many conquests.
Wu and his team categorically denied the charges and announced that they had filed a libel suit against Du on the same day.
However, over the weekend, Du revealed that she had not received a court summons. Instead, she shared that Wu’s team contacted her and offered to settle the charges with money. She posted a discussion history of her negotiating the details of the settlement plan with Wu’s representative and a copy of the contract her team offered her to sign, which she claimed was a trap.
She then shared a video of herself receiving two bank transfers totaling 500,000 renminbi from Wu Stacy Yu and Wu Yi Fan, which appeared to be Kris Wu’s mother’s name and her name in Chinese pinyin.
In an interview with the local press released on Sunday, Du said she had returned Wu the silence money in installments and was prepared to face legal action. She also claimed that more than 30 women who shared similar experiences with Wu contacted her, including two minors.
Wu then took to Weibo to address the issue in more depth, saying:
“I did not respond sooner because I did not want to disrupt the legal process but I did not imagine that my silence would accelerate this rumor, I cannot take it any longer. I only met this woman once on December 5, 2020 when I was with a group of friends. I didn’t urge anyone to drink, didn’t take a phone number, and I didn’t do any of the details she described. On that day there were many people present who can be witnesses. I’m so sorry that this bothered everyone. I declare that I have never made a “selection of concubines”! No lure for sex! No date rape drugs! No minors! If there was this behavior, let everyone rest assured that I would go to jail of my own free will. I fully understand the legal weight of my comments above.
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