Former EXO member Kris Wu (吴亦凡) caused a stir in July this year, and not for good reasons. Kris was accused of seeking out and grooming underaged girls. The idol was later arrested in August. Rumours about his time in jail bloomed, such as his condition and a suicide attempt.
News about Kris died down while the idol was in jail, but it seems he is still occupying a huge portion of everyone’s minds. Yesterday (6th December) was the idol’s birthday. Ironically enough, someone then claimed his case may be opened for the first time today (7th December)!
NetEase Entertainment (网易娱乐频道) announced on Weibo yesterday that Kris’s first court hearing could possibly take place today. According to the media channel, local prosecutors have filed a prosecution to the people’s court. However, netizens were suspicious as relevant government agencies had not confirmed the date of the trial.
Influencer Li En (李恩) who was involved in the case thanks to Du Meizhu (都美竹) was quick to refute the rumour. “Fake, fake! I didn’t receive the hearing notice!” she exclaimed on Weibo. Li En also accused the media channel of favouring Du. “It was you who came to help Du speak out first. (…) Then you helped Du not to recognise me,” she wrote.
Although the long-awaited hearing was merely a rumour, other issues are not. Kris Wu’s brokerage company’s assets have been found to total 17.75 million yuan (~RM11.7 million). To prevent Kris from transferring his assets, the court has approved Vantage Co.’s application of preserving them. As per the court order, bank deposits and other funds will be frozen for a year, sealing and seizing movable properties will be for two years while other property rights will be frozen for three.
If Kris ever does get out of jail, it will be difficult for him to find a life in China. However, before that, he will have to face his trial. Hopefully, the next time we hear about his court case being opened, it will be for real!