Monday 16 December 2019

K-pop stars jailed for 'quasi-rape' sex attack

Locked up: Jung Joon-young received a six-year prison term. Photo: Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji/File Photo
Locked up: Jung Joon-young received a six-year prison term. Photo: Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji/File Photo

Hyonhee Shin

Two South Korean K-pop stars were jailed yesterday for a sex attack on a woman.

The Seoul Central District Court said singer-songwriter Jung Joon-young received a six-year term and former boy band member Choi Jong-hoon a five-year term.

The court said in a statement the two men were convicted of "special quasi-raping" - multiple people collaborating to have illicit intercourse with a person who was unconscious or otherwise unable to resist.

Jung was additionally convicted of filming sex videos of women against their will and sharing them with friends in a group chat.

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The two men were ordered to undergo sex offender treatment programmes.

They have one week to appeal, according to the court.

The scandal shocked South Korea's entertainment industry earlier this year when the investigation began.

South Korean pop songs, TV dramas and films are hugely popular in Asia and beyond, but the country's entertainment world has suffered a series of sexual scandals that revealed its dark side.

Male stars have faced allegations of sexual assault and abuse and reports have been made that female entertainers and trainees have been forced to provide sexual services to men in power.

On Sunday, K-pop musician and actress Goo Hara was found dead at her home in Seoul. She had suffered cyberbullying after a public dispute with her former boyfriend, who she said threatened to disclose a sex video of her.

Last month, another K-pop star, Sulli, was found dead at her home. She had spoken against the online backlash she received over her lifestyle.

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