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K-pop singer sentenced to 6 years in jail for rape, sharing secret sex videos

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By Hyonhee Shin and Sangmi Cha

A South Korean court sentenced a K-pop musician to six years in prison on Friday for raping a woman and distributing a video capturing the act in a case that drew attention to the darker side of the country's lucrative entertainment industry.

Jung Joon-young, 30, was arrested in March. Choi Jong-hoon, 30, a former member of South Korean boy band FT Island, was also sentenced to five years in prison for the rape of the woman.

Both were members of online chat groups that shared secret sex tapes and made jokes about drugging and raping women, the Seoul Central District Court said.

Jung's conviction also includes the illegal distribution of other videos he took secretly while having sex with women. The identities of the victims were suppressed to protect their privacy.

The court also sentenced each man to 80 hours in "sexual violence treatment" education.

"The defendants are well-known celebrities and friends, but the chat they've had showed that they simply considered women as objects of sexual pleasure, and committed crimes that were extremely serious," Judge Kang Seong-soo said as he handed down the verdict.

"Strict punishment is inevitable as the damage inflicted has not properly been recovered and the victims demand harsh penalties."

Jung admitted distributing the video and others he took, though he argued the sex was in all cases consensual. 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.

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

Their case was one of several scandals involving sex crimes and other illegal activity that revealed a dark side of an industry at the centre of the global K-pop craze.

Lee Seung-hyun, a former member of K-pop group Big Bang better known by the stage name Seungri, is also on trial over accusations he paid for prostitutes for foreign businessmen to drum up investment in his business.

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Only 6 years? Why not 60 years?

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had argued that he did not remember having sex with her and that if he had, it was likely consensual.

Well that makes me angry all over again. Disgusting pieces of filth.

But at least they will actually go to prison - I hope - as opposed to some rapists who are allowed to go free and even sympathised with.

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Silly boys, if they hadn't filmed the encounters they wouldn't have been in trouble now.

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@andrew crisp

Great advice on how to better your chances of getting away with committing rape!

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good lock them up set an example in Japan they probably would have only gotten suspended sentences

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Lee Seung-hyun, a former member of K-pop group Big Bang better known by the stage name Seungri, is also on trial over accusations he paid for prostitutes for foreign businessmen to drum up investment 

Is that actually a crime now? It has been a few years, but was business as usual when I used to go there. Same in most East Asian countries.

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@commanteer

Of course it's a crime. He's taking money away from the bigwigs in the K-Pop industry.

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Is that actually a crime now? It has been a few years, but was business as usual when I used to go there.

Better late than never

This is truly a reflecting year for people in SK entertainment industry.

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Lock up POS Choi Jongbum who assaulted raped videotaped the lovely Ms. Goo Hara who committed suicide.

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Only 6 years? Outrageous. South Korea is unbelievable.

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South Korea has a pretty serious problem with hidden cameras , revenge porn etc. The courts there are overwhelmed with cases and punishments are generally little more than light slaps on the wrist.

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6 years is very little for serial crimes. And it's done by gangs in addition.

Some will say "they didn't kill anyone" but they did because their victims then kill themselves.

Is that actually a crime now?

Yes, human trafficking and in Korean, they say "comfort women" and that always was a crime. Always was unpunished too. What do you think it is ? The girls are not aware they are sold. They sign for modeling/singing/whatever job, or just attend a party in a famous high street club. They end up drugged and/or blackmailed, forced to join old guys in the bedroom. Another celeb had a night club that he opened mostly to attract his preys. Oh, that's still "business as usual" as nobody Korean dares giving testimony, which is why they used "foreign businessmen" to nail one of the guys.

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funkseoul: "This is truly a reflecting year for people in SK entertainment industry."

What a ridiculous statement, or are you forgetting that in Japan J-pop girl-band members have literally had to apologize for being assaulted and going public about it. The men? NOTHING. Hell, the women here have to shave their heads and apologize if they have a DATE even! While he should get far more than six years, especially given that he's done it before and in other cases has admitted to at least secretly filming himself having sex with women and then sharing the videos, but to suggest this is limited to the K-pop industry or they are particularly worse is ludicrous.

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The numbers of those down voting the statements critical of the South Korean K-pop and entertainment industry, as well as the ludicrous light sentence, is telling, and quite frankly, apalling.

The sexual abuse and bullying rampant in that industry is despicable, and why can't some people criticize that without making it political? No one's saying these things don't happen in other countries but we're not talking about other countries here, we're talking about South Korea, so stop bringing in irrelevant side topics.

And the irony is that those taking offense at some of these comments and defending the honour of South Koreans, would never extend Japan that same courtesy if it were a story highlighting abuse in the Japanese entertainment industry. Ludicrous.

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6 years in jail for rape, sharing secret sex videos

I think that this jail term has not sent out a strong enough message too would be sexual offenders.

I don't know, or feel that is too short or too long, is it the right sentence??

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but to suggest this is limited to the K-pop industry or they are particularly worse is ludicrous.

Which is why he/she didn’t.

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@Smithinjapan,

why do you ALWAYS have to bring Japan into this, or practically anything that has to do with K-something?

The K-Pop industry, while extremely successful on a worldwide scale, also has a very dark side. The suicides, the sex tapes, and the arrests are all proof of that.

OF COURSE, Japan's music industry isn't the greatest or purest. But, compared to South Korea or the US, it's far better.

Practically the only real... "problem" is the "48" groups with their weird and obsessive fan base and the ridiculous personal life restrictions. Apart from that, I'm struggling to think of a recent suicide, or sex tape, or even arrest (ok, a few were recently arrested for smoking that thang). Thankfully popularity has been on the down for those groups.

Sadly, the K Pop industry stopped being good for its artists around the end of the 2000s. With the arrival of that smash hit in 2012, SK has been ridiculously pushing these artists to the edge, all for the sake of exporting the "culture" (which is another topic for another time). You simply don't see that in Japan, because it doesn't happen.

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macvNov. 29 06:54 pm JST

Lock up POS Choi Jongbum who assaulted raped videotaped the lovely Ms. Goo Hara who committed suicide.

There's two sides to that story

“She directly attacked him and scratched his face. Then as he was trying to stop her, Goo Hara sustained some injuries as well. It is true that these were caused by Choi Jong Bum as Goo Hara claims. The couple’s quarrel began in the closet room of Goo Hara’s home and eventually led to a physical fight.” ㅡ Choi Jong Bum’s Attorney

“Although it is something that I (and Choi Jong Bum) must accept as part of our job, I hope that it would be based on facts. This is because the video was not filmed in secret. Revenge porn is when a man leaks a video to threaten a woman who wants to break up with him as revenge, but this is the exact opposite case. In relation to the video, it is in fact Choi Jong Bum who is the victim. It’s already been revealed through the video how it was filmed and it wasn’t Choi Jong Bum who led the filming of the video. He wasn’t trying to reveal the video, he simply wanted to get legal compensation for his injuries. In particular, when he told Koo Hara that since he’s a hairdresser he wouldn’t be able to see his customers with the injuries, Goo Hara didn’t have much of a response.” ㅡ Choi Jong Bum’s Attorney

https://www.koreaboo.com/news/koo-haras-ex-boyfriend-reveals-shocking-images-taken-assault/

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