Two popular K-pop singers jailed for raping intoxicated women

Updated: Nov 30, 2019, 08:17 IST | Agencies | Seoul

South Korean singer-songwriter Jung Joon-young was convicted of gang rape and distributing videos of the assaults and other sexual encounters, and was jailed for six years in a scandal that has rocked K-pop.

Jung Joon-young and Choi Jong-hoon (right). Pics/AFP/Twitter
Jung Joon-young and Choi Jong-hoon (right). Pics/AFP/Twitter

Seoul: Two K-pop stars have been sentenced to jail on Friday for raping intoxicated women. South Korean singer-songwriter Jung Joon-young was convicted of gang rape and distributing videos of the assaults and other sexual encounters, and was jailed for six years in a scandal that has rocked K-pop.

Jung and singer Choi Jong-hoon, a former member of boy band FT Island, were found guilty of gang-raping two different women on two occasions in 2016. Separately, 30-year-old Jung was also convicted of filming himself having sex with other women without their knowledge and sharing the footage without their consent. It is the most high-profile example of an epidemic of spycam crimes in South Korea, which have prompted widespread anger and seen women demonstrating in Seoul, chanting: "My life is not your porn".

Jung distributed his videos in mobile chatrooms with recipients including fellow K-pop star Seungri of BIGBANG, accused of illegal gambling in connection with a sex and drugs scandal. Jung was jailed for six years and Choi, 29, for five, a court said. "Jung and Choi took part in gang rape of victims who were intoxicated and unable to resist," Yonhap news agency cited the verdict as saying, rejecting the defendants' claim the sex was consensual.

"It is hard to fathom the extent of suffering the victims must have gone through." The two singers had been hugely popular but had perceived the victims only as "sexual objects" to be exploited, it said. But while the minimum sentence for rape in South Korea is three years most online commentators said the penalties were too lenient.

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