Yundi Li
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Chinese pianist Yundi Li, 39, has been arrested in Beijing allegedly for using the services of a prostitute, Assian media have reported. The news broke when the police in Beijing’s Chaoyang district posted an announcement (in Chinese) to their official Weibo account, saying that after receiving anonymous tips about illegal sex work in the area, they “launched an investigation” and arrested a 39-year-old man surnamed Li, along with a 29-year-old female surnamed Chen.

« Both of them have admitted to their alleged behavior and they are currently under detention at the local police station,” the notice stated.

Under Chinese law, it is said, individuals who solicit or manage sex workers normally face a penalty of 10 to 15 days of administrative detention and a maximum fine of 5,000 yuan ($782).

Some media report that, apparently, it is not the first time that Li has gotten into trouble for patronizing prostitutes.

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