Online “celebrity” Guo Meimei has landed herself in jail for five years and has been ordered to pay 50,000 yuan for illegally running a casino operation.
The Beijing Dongcheng People’s District court announced the news on its Weibo account after she stood trial yesterday morning looking… less like her usual self (Chinese jails will do that to you).
Guess that movie about her life will have to be put on hold.
The 24-year-old, who was caught up in a Red Cross scandal back in 2011 and has gained notoriety for shamelessly flaunting her wealth online, was arrested in August 2014 when Beijing police busted an online gambling ring during the World Cup games. She was held on suspicion of running gambling activities, dabbling in prostitution and posting false information online.
Police found that Guo had been organizing gambling sessions at her Beijing apartment between March and July last year. She hired professional players and bets were as high as 1 million yuan, the Global Times reports.
During a televised confession on CCTV, Guo admitted engaging in gambling and prostitution, and apologized for damaging the reputation of the Red Cross Society of China.
She pled not-guilty in court yesterday, saying “I know I’ve made mistakes, I should not have participated in gambling. But I don’t think my actions constituted the crime of running a casino.”