BEIJING – A man has confessed to defrauding Chinese-Canadian pop singer Kris Wu over a teenager’s accusation of having sex with her while she was drunk, Beijing police say.
The announcement added an odd twist to a scandal that cost Wu endorsement deals with brands like Porsche and Bulgari. The former member of Korean boy group EXO denied the accusation, prompting a surge of support for the woman online and criticism from Wu.
Louis Vuitton became the latest brand to end its contract with Wu on Friday.
A man who saw rumors of the incident online contacted the woman in June and obtained information allowing her to impersonate her in order to ask Wu’s lawyer for money, the woman said on Thursday. Beijing Public Security Bureau in a statement. He said the man cheated on both parties, saying the woman had no role in the fraud.
Wu’s mother sent the woman 500,000 yuan ($ 77,000), and then the man, posing as Wu’s lawyer, tried to persuade the woman to send the money to him, the statement said. He said he tried unsuccessfully to get an additional 2.5 million yuan ($ 390,000) from Wu’s real lawyer.
The man, identified only by the surname Liu, was arrested on Sunday in Nantong, near Shanghai, after the singer’s mother complained to police that the family had been the victim of fraud, according to the police release. He said he confessed.
The woman had been quoted by the NetEase internet portal as saying that Wu had encouraged her to drink too much at a party in December and that she had woken up in bed. In a statement on her social media account, Wu said he met the woman but denied encouraging her to drink and said other parts of her account had not taken place.
The woman reportedly said that other women told her Wu seduced them with promises of jobs and other opportunities.
Police are investigating allegations that Wu “repeatedly cheated young women into sex,” the police statement said.
The brands severed ties with Wu in the aftermath of the NetEase report, reflecting their sensitivity to public opinion after the ruling Communist Party sparked anger at shoe and clothing brands in retaliation for Western news reporting human rights abuses in the predominantly Muslim Xinjiang region in the northwest. .
Wu, known in Chinese as Wu Yifan, grew up in Guangzhou in southern China and Vancouver, British Columbia. He played with EXO in 2012-14 and went on to launch a solo career.
As an actor, he appeared in “XXX: Return of Xander Cage” in 2017 and in two Chinese box office hits, “Mr. Six” and “Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back”.