The court hearing for Guo Meimei, an internet celebrity accused of illegally running an online gambling ring, took place in Beijing today.
The 24-year-old socialite, who is linked to a reputation-shattering Red Cross scandal from 2011 and has gained online notoriety for shamelessly flaunting her wealth/boyfriends, was arrested last year and formally charged for organizing ‘gambling activities’ online.
During the World Cup last summer, Guo broadcast on social media that she was following all of the matches, and uploaded a lottery ticket with the caption: “It’s a little bet to test my luck and see if it’s true that the more beautiful one looks, the more fortunate one will be”. It was reported that she gambled often and once owed as much as 260 million dollars in debts.
She was arrested when an online World Cup gambling ring was shuttered on July 9 last year and was accused of heading the ring.
A month after her arrest, Guo appeared in a televised “confession” on CCTV wherein she admitted to gambling and prostitution accusations against her.
Guo has been formally submitted to the Dongcheng District court in Beijing, according to CRI.
If found guilty, she could face up to 10 years in prison.