According to state media, Li Yundi, a well-known Chinese pianist was arrested for asking for sex.
Beijing police posted online that a 39-year old man and 29-year-old sex worker had confessed to illegal activities. The public tipped authorities and they were both caught.
The police did not include his name, but state media outlets confirmed later that Li was the one.
This shocks many of his fans, who are known for calling him China’s Piano Prince.
Li was just 18 years old when he became the youngest piano player and first Chinese pianist to take home the first prize in the International Chopin Piano Competition 2000.
He is well-respected in Chinese and has performed all over the world.
“Oh my god, I can’t believe it. Are these the Li Yundi we love so much?On the Twitter-like Weibo platform, one user wrote “
Some others expressed doubts about his capture.
“I would be curious to learn how the public discovered about him. What is the secret to spotting a woman, 29 years old and a man who are 39? What about a couple? Friends, lovers, or hookup friends?”, a Weibo comment read.
The Chinese Musicians Association announced that Li would be expelled from the association after the news was reported. Li is a “extremely harmful social influencer”.
As China tightens its grip on the entertainment sector, some observers believe that his arrest could serve as warning for other celebrities who are “immoral”.
Chinese law allows those who manage or solicit sex workers to be held for up to fifteen days, and can also be fined up to $5,000 ($782).
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