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    Alex Hadzic

    US fencers wear pink masks after teammate accused of sexual misconduct
    Fencing team reportedly object to teammate’s place on team
    Alen Hadzic denies allegations against him

    The US men’s épée team lost to Japan on Friday. Photograph: Hassan Ammar/AP
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    Fri 30 Jul 2021 10.41 EDT

    Three members of the United States Olympic men’s épée team wore pink masks on Friday amid allegations their teammate is guilty of sexual misconduct.

    Jake Hoyle, Curtis McDowald and Yeisser Ramirez all wore pink facemasks before the start of the competition. Alex Hadzic, who has been accused of sexual assault, was the only member of the team who did not.

    Hadzic qualified for the Tokyo Games in May. Shortly afterwards, three women accused him of sexual impropriety in incidents that occurred from 2013 to 2015. Hadzic’s attorney, Michael Palma, told the New York Times the fencer was innocent of all allegations. He did confirm that Hadzic was suspended from Columbia University for the 2013-14 school year after an investigation involving sexual consent.

    In the wake of the allegations, the US Center for SafeSport suspended the 29-year-old from all fencing activities on 2 June. Hadzic appealed that suspension and won. The arbitrator ruled Hadzic should not contact his accusers while saying his suspension had been “inappropriate to the allegations”. However, he travelled to Tokyo separately from his teammates and had to stay in a hotel away from the athletes’ village.

    While Hoyle, McDowald and Ramirez’s facemasks were an apparent rebuke of Hadzic they did not comment verbally on the matter on Friday. One of Hadzic’s teammates, Katharine Holmes, says she collected electronic signatures from every member of the fencing team objecting to Hadzic’s inclusion at the Olympics. Palma has distributed a letter of objection from Holmes, which includes only her written signature.

    Hadzic was an alternate on the US team and did not compete. The US men’s épée team lost to Japan on Friday, ending their Olympic campaign.
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    More on Kris Wu

    Chinese-Canadian Pop Singer Kris Wu Detained on Suspicion of Rape
    The rapper's detainment by Chinese police follows allegations made by a 19-year-old former fan, who accused Wu of having sex with her while she was drunk.

    BY ASSOCIATED PRESS

    JULY 31, 2021 12:10PM

    Kris Wu VCG/VCG VIA GETTY IMAGES

    Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu has been detained by Beijing police on suspicion of rape, police announced Saturday, following an accusation the former member of the Korean boy band EXO lured young women into sexual relationships.

    Wu, 30, earlier was accused by a teenager of having sex with her while she was drunk. Wu denied the accusation.

    The teenager said seven other women contacted her to say Wu seduced them with promises of jobs and other opportunities. She said some were under 18 but gave no indication whether they were younger than China’s age of consent of 14.

    Wu has been “criminally detained” on suspicion of rape “in response to relevant information reported on the internet” including that he “repeatedly lured young women to have sexual relations,” the police statement said. It gave no other details.

    The pop star had previously denied the accusations. “There was no ‘groupie sex’! There was no ‘underage’!” Wu wrote last month on his social media account. “If there were this kind of thing, please everyone relax, I would put myself in jail!”

    The news was trending as the no. 1 most searched topic on Weibo on Saturday night, and some users online started commenting on Wu’s social media account, telling him to “Get out of China!”

    Wu is a Canadian citizen, according to the police statement.

    The official paper of the Communist Party, the People’s Daily, weighed in on the case, saying in a short opinion post online that “Having a foreign nationality is not a protective talisman, and no matter how big the name is, there is no immunity.”

    The teenager publicized her accusations on social media and later in an interview with the internet portal NetEase. A day after that interview appeared, at least 10 brands including Porsche and Louis Vuitton broke off endorsement and other deals with Wu.

    According to the interview, she thought she was meeting Wu for a career opportunity. Instead, his staff who was present forced her to drink. As someone who did not go to bars, she said her tolerance was low and she was drunk after two drinks. The next day, she woke up in Wu’s bed. That morning, he was kind to her and promised to take care of her, she said.

    The teenager said that was the beginning of what she had thought was their relationship. This was the case until March, when he stopped returning her messages.

    At first, she said she felt sorry for herself. But after she learned that there were other women who had been treated similarly, she said she felt there were others who were worse-off.

    “I don’t believe this is just my own personal matter. You can even say that this is a problem with the atmosphere in China’s entertainment circle,” she said in the NetEase interview.

    Wu said that he had met the young woman on Dec. 5, 2020, but “I didn’t force her to drink,” and “there was not this sort of ‘details’ she describes.”

    “I didn’t expect my silence to encourage these rumors, and I couldn’t stand it!” Wu previously wrote. “There were a lot of people there that day who can bear witness.”

    The teenager and Wu both said they had asked authorities to investigate.

    Saturday’s statement didn’t mention that case and gave no information about the status of that investigation.
    This has become quite the 'he said, she said'
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    JJ Lin

    JJ Lin issues legal statements shutting down “malicious” rumours linking him to Kris Wu allegations
    Lin's agency has put out statements naming online accounts that it said have been spreading falsehoods against the Singaporean Mandopop star

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    Daniel Peters
    3rd August 2021

    JJ Lin, Kris Wu. Credits: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Louis Vuitton, Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images
    Singaporean Mandopop star JJ Lin has issued legal statements shutting down online rumours linking him to Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu, who has been detained by Chinese authorities on suspicion of rape.

    On Sunday and Monday (August 1 and 2), Lin’s agency JFJ Productions published legal statements on Chinese microblogging site Weibo. Attributed to Shanghai Jiuze Law Firm, the statements collectively named the handles of over 40 users that the law firm said had “maliciously published/spread false statements against Mr JJ Lin through ways such as slander and insults”, per The Straits Times.

    “Some of them have continued to launch personal attacks against Mr Lin in a deliberate attempt to lower his social status.”

    The users named in the statement had reportedly claimed a connection between Lin and Wu, who has been detained in China on suspicion of rape since Saturday (July 31), Chinese police confirmed.

    Lin was reportedly named by these online users along with Taiwanese-American singer Will Pan, whose agency also posted a legal statement on Weibo yesterday (August 2) refuting all rumours.

    JFJ Productions’ statement denied that Lin had engaged in any of the illegal activities alleged by these online accounts and urged these users to delete their public posts containing allegations against Lin.

    Shanghai Jiuze Law Firm has been authorised by Lin to collate evidence and take legal action immediately, the statement added.

    Kris Wu, a former member of the K-pop group EXO, has been accused of date rape and preying on underage girls by his rumoured 19-year-old ex-girlfriend, Du Meizhu.

    In July, 24 alleged victims made their own accusations on Chinese social media, all of which Wu has denied. Several luxury brands have since terminated their partnerships with Wu.
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    Aug 16, 2021 1:19pm PT
    Kris Wu Formally Arrested for Rape Charges and His Shows Deleted Online


    By Rebecca Davis


    Baidu
    A Chinese court formally approved the arrest of pop icon Kris Wu on rape charges on Monday — and Chinese streamers have swiftly responded by deleting the shows in which he appears.

    The move comes after Wu was first detained on July 31 on suspicions of rape. The allegations against him first emerged last month after Du Meizhu, 18, accused him on social media of date-raping her while she was drunk, and doing the same to other young women. He denied the charges at the time.

    The Chaoyang District People’s Procuratorate in Beijing issued an official statement that it had approved the arrest “after investigation in accordance with the law.”

    The case is already being hailed by some commentators in China as a “major event in the history of the Chinese film industry.”

    In China, a rape charge will incur a sentence of at minimum three but no more than 10 years in prison, the lawyer Wu Fatian told the NetEase Entertainment outlet. In particularly egregious cases as well as instances of statutory rape, the sentence can exceed ten years and up to life imprisonment and even the death penalty. China’s age of consent is 14.

    As of 2019, Chinese courts had a conviction rate of 99.9%. Although China-born Kris Wu is a Canadian citizen, he will be tried in China according to Chinese law. The court will also determine as part of its sentence whether and when he will be deported.

    Generally, an approval of arrest by a Chinese court “indicates the evidence against the person is relatively solid, and that it will be extremely difficult to get out on bail while awaiting trial,” assessed the lawyer Wu, predicting that the pop star will likely remain in police custody for the time being.

    Yang Chen, a lawyer with the Beijing Chunlin Law Firm, explained to Chinese outlet The Paper that typically three conditions must be met for the court to approve an arrest. First, there is some evidence of the crime; second, the sentence will involve at a minimum some jail time; and third, there’s concern that the suspect will otherwise endanger the case via means such as “harassing the victim, interfering with witness testimony… destroying or falsifying evidence… attempting to commit suicide, or fleeing.” Once an arrest is approved, a process of investigation and review can go on for months before a court date is set.

    Once ‘Formative’ Shows Censored
    Shows featuring Wu quickly disappeared in their entirety online, including high-profile ones from major streamers and content studios Youku, iQiyi, MangoTV and Bilibili, among others.

    Among the most popular is iQiyi’s “The Rap of China,” which is considered a show that catapulted the rap genre into mainstream Chinese culture. It ran for four seasons from 2017 until 2020, with the first iteration building a nationwide fandom for now-well-known rappers PG One, GAI, VaVa, TT and After Journey, among others.

    Emotions ran high over the deletion of that first “Rap of China” season. “No matter how you look at it, this show really was formative for a huge number of young rap listeners,” one commentator said.

    Other shows to disappear include the first season of iQiyi’s reality show “Fourtry” — which follows Wu and fellow showbiz stars like Angelababy trying to run a fashion store in Tokyo amid culture clashes.

    In the past, celebs who have run afoul of the law have been edited out of productions after completion, and their unreleased projects shelved indefinitely.

    Official media and organizations have portrayed Wu’s arrest as a major victory and example of China’s strong rule of law, as well as a golden opportunity to call for a clean-up of toxic, money- and celebrity-worshipping culture.

    In a commentary, the official Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily called on the entertainment industry to “dig out its sores and cut off its carbuncles.”

    “The facts prove that once the law is violated, even those who fly the highest can lose all they had in an instant. Those who use fame to cover up their boorishness and selfish desires will inevitably end up self-destructing,” it wrote. “The more famous you become, the more moral and ethical you must be. The more fans you have, the more you have to set an example.”

    The Women’s Federation wrote: “No matter how dazzling a person’s halo or how famous they are, they don’t have special privileges. In China, no person can be above the law!”
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