Seen as one of the most valuable faces in China, Chinese-Canadian artist Kris Wu is now involved in a serious scandal as allegations about his personal life have surfaced.
The former member of the South Korean K-pop group EXO’s alleged girlfriend, 19-year-old university student Du Meizhu, revealed cases of infidelity and predators on Chinese social media earlier this month. You shared alleged conversations between Wu and underage girls on Weibo, where the artist enticed them to play drinking games under the guise of recruiting artists and throwing leads for music videos. You also noticed her struggle with mental health, which has come with suicidal thoughts due to Wu’s infidelity and cyberbullying from his fans.
In response, Kris Wu and his team denied the allegations, claiming they would bring a defamation case against Du Meizhu. Although you never received a subpoena and were contacted by Wu’s team with a cash settlement, highlighted in a follow-up post that showed negotiations through chat history and a copy of a contract. You also received two bank transfers totaling ¥ 500,000 RMB (approximately $ 77,172 USD) from Wu Stacy Yu and Wu Yi Fan, believed to be Kris Wu’s mother.
Du Meizhu recently spoke to the press, noting that she returned the hush money and is ready to face legal consequences as over 30 women have reached out to her who share similar experiences with Wu. In his latest Weibo post, which has received 5.89 million likes and close to 300,000 comments, You said “Mr. Wu, I give you 24 hours to prepare for a press conference for the entire network throughout the community to announce the withdrawal of the Chinese entertainment industry … Publish handwritten apology letters to all victims and post them on your Weibo account for 72 hours . After that, leave China immediately. You do not deserve to be in this country. ”
Kris Wu, who serves as the face of Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, Porsche, Lancôme, L’Oreal and more in China, is now being dropped by several brands as the scandal continues. Shanghai-based beauty brand Kans has already announced that it has terminated its contract with Wu, while Porsche, Master Kong Ice Tea, Vatti and video games King of Glory hid all posts related to the artist, but Weibo has made them public again.
Keep an eye out for more details as the story unfolds.
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