Saturday, 07 December, 2019

Pop's Jung Joon-Young & Choi Jong-Hoon Sentenced to Prison for Rape

K-pop singer Jung Joon-young arrives at Seoul Central District Court K-pop singer Jung Joon-young arrives at Seoul Central District Court
Ismael Spencer | 30 November, 2019, 00:27

The Seoul Central District Court sentenced K-pop star Jung Joon-young to six years and his friend K-pop singer Choi Jong-hoon to five years in prison Friday for sex offenses. The court disagreed, citing incriminating testimony and other evidence, and saying both stars joked about drugging and raping women in the chatroom.

While Yonhap described Jung's and Choi's prison sentences as "heavy", they were only sentenced to six and five years in prison, respectively, for repeatedly forcing themselves on multiple women in group scenarios.

Sentencing the two men, judge Kang Seong-soo said they had regarded women as "objects of sexual pleasure".

Arrested in March, Jung was one of five Korean pop music performers under investigation for a larger video sex scandal, the so-called Burning Sun Scandal, named after a nightclub in which the sex acts took place.

Goo's ex-boyfriend last year threatened to "end her entertainment career" by leaking the footage after they split up last year, and a CCTV clip showed her kneeling before him apparently begging him not to.

Lawyers for Jung and Choi could not be reached for comment.

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Choi denied raping the woman and had argued that he did not remember having sex with her and that if he had, it was likely consensual.

He then said on Instagram: "I received a video from Jung and did have inappropriate conversations".

The identities of the victims were suppressed to protect their privacy. Furthermore, the courts also ruled that each man must complete 80 hours of sexual violence treatment programs in an effort to rehabilitate themselves along with the time served in prison.

The shocking revelation about the two pop stars apparently came out while the police were probing a separate case - involving K-pop superstar Seungri who was reportedly a member of Jung's group chat.

Seungri, whose boyband Big-bang have sold more than 140 million records, has been charged with supplying prostitutes to potential business investors.

Prior to Jung's conviction, the Seungri scandal almost took down one of the largest pop music record labels in South Korea, YG Entertainment. He quit the group, and the entertainment industry, as the sex video scandal erupted in March.

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