K-pop stars jailed for ‘quasi-rape’ sex at­tack

Irish Independent - - World News - Hy­on­hee Shin SEOUL

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.

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.

Locked up: Jung Joon-young re­ceived a six-year pri­son term

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