- Several fans of former EXO member Kris Wu, whose real name is Wu Yifan, rallied to his defense on Twitter after the Beijing Chaoyang Court sentenced Wu to 13 years in jail on Friday for rape and group licentiousness.
- Wu, a Canadian national born in China, was fined 600 million yuan (approximately $83.8 million) for tax evasion shortly after his sentencing.
- The Beijing court also ordered Wu’s deportation after serving his time. He will be barred from entering China for 10 years.
- “In China, law is a toy,” one Twitter user wrote. “They convicted an innocent man without any solid evidence, purely by fake words from malicious liars. In this two year farce, Kris Wu is the only victim in the whole farce.”
- Controversial social media influencer Oli London also defended the K-pop star in a series of tweets, claiming that Wu was imprisoned “based on false accusations.”
- “Just remember when the most famous woman in China went missing Fan Bing Bing. Just remember when one of China's richest men Jack Ma went missing. Just remember when China's most famous Tennis Star Peng Shuai went missing,” London wrote in another tweet. “Now Kris Wu, most famous pop star, jailed under false charge.”
Several fans of former EXO member Kris Wu have rallied on Twitter after a Beijing court sentenced him to 13 years in jail in a closed-door hearing last week.
Wu, whose real name is Wu Yifan, was sentenced to 13 years in jail by the Beijing Chaoyang Court on Friday, with his charges listed as 11 years and six months for rape and one year and 10 months for group licentiousness.
- Udon Parnpinit, a 52-year-old Thai man from the Prang Ku district of Sisaket province, Thailand, was reportedly arrested in his home six hours after promoting the use of crystal meth in a video shared on Facebook and TikTok.
- Udon claimed that meth turns users’ skin gray while crystal meth makes their skin brighter.
- During his confession to the police, Udon reportedly admitted that he wanted to promote the use of crystal meth online at least once despite knowing it was illegal.
- Udon was eventually charged with using drugs under Thailand’s Narcotics Act Category 1.
A Thai man was arrested for promoting the use of crystal meth, which he claimed could brighten users’ skin, on Facebook and TikTok.
The man, identified as 52-year-old Udon Parnpinit, was arrested in his home in the Prang Ku district of Sisaket province just six hours after posting his crystal meth promotional video on social media, according to reports. Authorities also recovered drugs and related paraphernalia from his home.
- Jamal McIlwain, 28, was arrested on Wednesday in connection with the assault of a 12-year-old Asian boy in Brooklyn on the morning of Nov. 17.
- Surveillance footage of the attack shows a man running toward the young victim and striking him with a single crutch twice.
- The boy, who suffered minor head injuries, was on his way to school when the attack occurred at the intersection of St. Paul’s Court and St. Paul’s Place in Flatbush, according to reports.
- McIlwain, who was arraigned on multiple charges on Friday, claimed that he worked for “NCIS,” which is understood to be a CBS crime drama.
- Reports say McIlwain has 23 prior arrests, including a case of attempted murder.
- The judge ordered that McIlwain be held without bail and requested for psychiatric evaluation.
A man arrested in connection with a brutal daytime attack of a 12-year-old Asian boy in Brooklyn earlier this month has been arrested nearly two dozen times in the past, according to reports.
Police said Jamal McIlwain, 28, assaulted the victim with a crutch at the intersection of St. Paul’s Court and St. Paul’s Place at around 7:40 a.m. on Nov. 17. He was arrested on Wednesday after someone reported seeing him acting suspiciously outside an unidentified high school.
- Oli London, 32, said he received death threats after canceling his plan to undergo gender reassignment surgery in Bangkok.
- The British-born influencer, who now identifies as a Korean man, made the allegations in a new interview with the Daily Star.
- London said the “awful” abuse came from those who encouraged him toward surgery but now vilify him for “leaving the cult.”
- In a previous interview with Fox News, London blamed “woke culture” for causing his struggle with gender dysphoria.
- After announcing his detransition, the internet personality also introduced himself as a politician with promises to protect children from “harmful ideologies” and to “fight against woke culture.”
Internet personality Oli London allegedly received online abuse — including death threats — following his decision to cancel his gender reassignment surgery.
London, 32, detransitioned from identifying as a woman to a man earlier this month. However, he continues to self-identify as a Korean person.
- Okoth Obeing, who is accused of killing taxi driver Balvir Toor in Canada in 2020, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder on the opening day of his trial in the Manitoba Court of King’s Bench.
- Crown prosecutor Chantal Boutin told Judge Joan McKelvey during the trial on Wednesday that Obeing has a history of animosity toward taxi drivers and South Asian people.
- Prosecutors noted that while they acknowledge that Obeing was suffering from mental illness, they seek to prove that he understood that what he did was wrong.
- “We, the Crown, say that this killing was an intentional act of violence born of anger, a murder for which he is criminally responsible,” said Boutin.
- On Thursday, Const. Marnie Johannesson, an officer at the Winnipeg Police Service's central processing unit, testified that Obeing threatened an officer while being held following his arrest, telling him, “You are next.”
- Obeing also allegedly uttered racial slurs during conversations, and even told a guard: "You are the same color as the guy I killed."
The man accused of killing a taxi driver in Winnipeg, Canada, in 2020 pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder on the opening day of his trial in the Manitoba Court of King’s Bench.
Okoth Obeing, 22, is accused of fatally stabbing Balvir Toor, 44, just minutes after entering the latter’s cab at around 5 a.m on March 19, 2020.
‘He beat her until her dentures fell out’: Man held without bail for kidnapping, sexual assault of senior Asian woman
- Christian M. Lynch, 26, was ordered held without bail at a dangerousness hearing on Wednesday for allegedly kidnapping, torturing and raping a 64-year-old Asian woman on Nov. 12.
- The victim’s ordeal began at the Wollaston MBTA station when Lynch allegedly abducted her and took her to an apartment on East Elm Avenue.
- There, the victim was bound, strangled and sexually assaulted for the next 11 hours before being dumped at a parking lot at Westgate Mall in Brockton.
- After the attack, Lynch allegedly went shopping for cleaning supplies and a new mattress.
- Following his arrest, Lynch claimed that the encounter was consensual and described his actions as his way of “going out into the world getting a date.”
- Lynch is facing multiple charges in connection with the incident, as well as a prior attack on another Asian woman and an indecent exposure last month.
The man accused of kidnapping, strangling and raping a 64-year-old Asian woman in Quincy, Massachusetts, earlier this month has been ordered held without bail.
At a hearing on Wednesday, a judge determined that Christian M. Lynch, 26, was too dangerous to be released after the Nov. 12 incident, which has since left the local community fearing for their safety.
Woman unleashes racist tirade at Asian woman; throws rocks at Asian journalist after being confronted
- An Asian woman took to TikTok to share an encounter she had with a Black woman who went on a racist tirade against her at a gas station in Capitol Hill, Seattle.
- According to TikTok user @lycheemarteenee, she started recording after the woman began yelling out racist remarks at her.
- "Go eat your dog with some rice, b*tch" the woman can be heard yelling repeatedly at @lycheemarteenee, who then approaches the woman’s vehicle to capture the woman's license plate.
- In the video, the woman yells, “Go back to your country, b*tch,” and, “Go do some nails or some feet or something, b*tch.”
- In a separate TikTok post, the user explained that she had confronted the woman earlier after seeing her being rude to a senior Asian gas station attendant.
- Journalist Jonathan Choe found the woman from the video and asked her to share her side of the story, but the woman refused to address the incident or apologize for her behavior.
An Asian TikTok user captured the moment a Black woman went on a racist tirade against her at a gas station in Capitol Hill, Seattle.
First uploaded by a user who goes by the name of Stephanie (@lycheemarteenee) on TikTok, the footage of the incident appears to have been taken down but has since been reposted on Reddit.
- Calvin Ushery Jr., 39, has been indicted on six felonies and one misdemeanor in connection with a brutal attack against a Korean American jewelry store owner in Wilmington, Delaware, on Sept. 15.
- Security footage of the incident shows a masked man pistol-whipping and repeatedly stomping on the 68-year-old victim’s head.
- Reports say the suspect also repeatedly bashed the victim’s head with a hammer.
- If convicted, Ushery — who was also reported to be a repeat offender — could spend eight to 107 years in prison.
A repeat offender accused of pistol-whipping, hammering and stomping on a jewelry store owner in Wilmington, Delaware, in September was indicted on seven charges on Monday.
Calvin Ushery Jr., 39, was arrested a week after the brutal attack against the Korean American owner of Solid Gold Jewelers on West 9th Street on the morning of Sept. 15.
- Wu Chen, a 45-year-old man suspected of killing four people — three men and one woman — inside a marijuana farm in Kingfisher County, Oklahoma, on Sunday, was arrested in the Miami Beach area on Tuesday.
- Chen was taken into custody without incident and transferred to the Miami-Dade County Detention Center on homicide charges and shooting with intent to kill.
- Authorities said Chen entered the property on Sunday and spent a significant amount of time inside the marijuana plantation before executing the victims, all of whom were Chinese nationals.
- “The suspect was inside that building for a significant amount of time before the executions began,” the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said in a news release on Tuesday. “Based on the investigation thus far, this does not appear to be a random incident.”
- Police are also looking into the legal papers of the cannabis grow facility, but Porsha Riley, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority, told the Associated Press that there is an active license for a medical marijuana farm business in the location of the crime.
The suspect behind a quadruple homicide inside a marijuana farm in Oklahoma was arrested in Florida and is now facing extradition to Oklahoma.
State law enforcement said the man, identified as Wu Chen, 45, was arrested before 4 p.m. on Tuesday after an automated vehicle registration plate reader tagged his car in the Miami Beach area, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) announced on Facebook.
- On Nov. 17, a federal jury found Kaulana Alo-Kaonohi, 32, and Levi Aki, Jr., 33, guilty of a hate crime for attacking Christopher Kunzelman, a white homeowner, in Maui in 2014.
- On Feb. 13, 2014, the defendants barged into Kunzelman’s property to demand he leave. They threatened to tie him up and make him “go missing” if he did not leave the Hawaiian village.
- Kunzelman was beaten in the head with a shovel and kicked in the ribs, causing him to lose consciousness and break two of his ribs.
- Both men have pleaded guilty to the charges in state court.
- They were ordered by the U.S. District Judge J. Michael Seabright to be detained in custody pending their sentencing on March 2, 2023.
Two Native Hawaiian men were found guilty of a hate crime for attacking a white homeowner in 2014 in Maui.
On Nov. 17, a federal jury found Kaulana Alo-Kaonohi, 32, and Levi Aki, Jr., 33, guilty for their “racially motivated attacks” on Christopher Kunzelman when he attempted to move into a home he had purchased in the neighborhood of Kahakuloa.
- A man and two women are wanted in New York City after allegedly punching and kicking an Asian man for refusing to give up his seat on a Manhattan subway.
- During the attack, the trio of perps allegedly used anti-Asian remarks, including calling the man an “Asian pig.”
- The male victim, 42, was accompanied by a female Asian victim, 41, who was also ordered to give up her seat.
- Police have released images of the suspects and are urging anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.
New York police are looking for three individuals accused of assaulting an Asian man for refusing to give them his seat on a Manhattan subway.
The incident occurred on the shuttle train from Grand Central to Times Square at around 8 p.m. on Saturday, police said.
Rev. Jesse Jackson calls for investigation into alleged racist sentencing of Indian American businessman
- Rev. Jesse Jackson called on authorities to investigate whether racism played a part in the sentencing of Indian American businessman Nikesh Patel.
- Patel was previously sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2018 for selling $179 million worth of fraudulent loans, while his white co-conspirator, Timothy Fisher, was sentenced to 10 years.
- According to Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, Patel and Fisher were approximately equal participants in the crime as “one could not have done it with the other.”
- Fisher was also released after two years through the compassionate release program because of his asthma. Patel’s parents noted that their son also has asthma.
- Patel has also reportedly helped recover $86 million, but he has not received any reduction in his prison time.
Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson has called on authorities to investigate whether racism played a part in the sentencing of Indian American businessman Nikesh Patel.
Patel, 39, was previously sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2018 by the Northern District Court of Illinois after pleading guilty to selling $179 million worth of fraudulent loans to a Milwaukee investment firm.