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[Newsmaker] Two K-pop stars found guilty of sex crimes

Jung Joon-young (Yonhap)
Jung Joon-young (Yonhap)
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. They were found guilty of gang raping women who were under the influence of alcohol.

Jung was also found guilty of sharing secretly filmed sex videos and photos, including those taken during the gang rape, via online group chats. But he was acquitted on a separate sexual assault charge at the same trial.

Jung and Choi claimed they had engaged in consensual sex with sober women, but the court disagreed, citing incriminating testimonies and other evidence.

The court ordered them each to take 80 hours of sex education, while banning them from holding jobs involving children, juveniles or people with disabilities for five years. Prosecutors had asked for seven years in prison for Jung and five years for Choi. 

By Choi Si-young (siyoungchoi@heraldcorp.com)

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