8:52 pm - 11/13/2012

Open World Entertainment CEO Jang Suk Woo pleads guilty

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Open World Entertainment CEO Jang Suk Woo, who was charged with counts of sexual assault against female trainees and sentenced to 6 years in prison earlier this year, has confessed to his crimes.

On November 13th, during the appeals hearing, Jang confessed to having sexually assaulted female trainees in his agency. His lawyer stated, “He pleads guilty to all charges. He will work to help the healing process of the victims.

His side also tried to appeal to the court’s favor in order to get his sentence reduced by stating that Jang is a business man who had worked hard to spread Hallyu within China, calling one of his company executives as a witness to prove this point. This seemed to have been brought about after suspicions arose that Jang was part of gang-related activities.

This is a complete change in attitude of Jang and his legal team, as previously, they had denied the charges altogether and then later stated that although sexual relations did occur, they were not forced. However, with the latest appear hearing, Jang has now admitted to all the charges against him.

The next court session will take place on December 11th.

Source : allkpop via naver,herald

I still can't believe he only got 6 years SMFH And how the hell can he help the victims in the 'healing process' WTF.

honeebs 13th-Nov-2012 10:20 pm (UTC)
Yes he can help in the healing process.
Because he admits he did wrong, they are no longer being called liars so that is a step fwd for them to start healing.
sobaek 13th-Nov-2012 10:21 pm (UTC)
6 YEARS

let me tell you, if anyone involved in the Jimmy Saville scandal gets as little as 6 years the UK will be up in arms about it and raging very loudly, very publicly. Just for facilitating a mass sexual assaulter and letting/helping him get away with it (though there has been suspicions of others getting in on the assault)

This guy was accused by 30 people, paid some off a pleaded guilty for the ones he couldn't persuade to drop charges and gets a measly 6 years?

Helping with the healing process. i dread to think what that means.

Edited at 2012-11-13 10:23 pm (UTC)
penny_lane_42 14th-Nov-2012 12:26 am (UTC)
Things like this happen all the time everywhere. Trust me, I look at criminal records for a living (in the US) and you'd be shocked at how many people there are out there who get deferrals or something along those lines for things like sexual assault so that if they comply with probation it goes off their record after seven years (immediately if they're in states like CA and KY). If I could I would pass a law that in crimes like rape/murder/child abuse, you're either guilty or innocent, and if you're guilty then you shocked be locked away for a hella long time. Like in this guy's case--forever.

But of course our jails are too full of convicts from the "war on drugs" to actually lock away the people who do actual physical harm to other people.

Sorry. I've been having a lot of feelings about my completely lack of trust in the USAmerican criminal justice system, and seeing the same sort of thing happen here just made them explode.
ayumikoshiro 14th-Nov-2012 02:30 pm (UTC)
I really hope the whole war on drugs falls apart soon. Not because drugs are bad but there's so much about it that needs to be reassessed and evaluated.

Turn it into a war on cyber crime which is becoming a serious issue imo. And it's only getting worse.
penny_lane_42 14th-Nov-2012 11:23 pm (UTC)
Absolutely. Drugs are terrible, but the "war" on them has actually perpetuated violence and other kinds of criminal behavior.

I worry about how governments would deal with cyber crime--that they'll end up punishing regular people and making our lives more difficult in their attempts to fight cyber crime. It's an area where they'll have to tread really carefully imo.
asnindie 14th-Nov-2012 01:43 am (UTC)
Only because Jimmy Saville's case is such a publicised one with the authorities looking for someone to scapegoat, the Police will do anything to deflect the accusations of their own incompetence.

I'm not surprised really, it's a shame but atleast they took action and the victims got see some form of Justice, it's a shame it took so long and the sentence is light. Ugh the thought of this vile pig getting out earlier is gonna piss me off.
sobaek 14th-Nov-2012 08:23 am (UTC)
the Police will do anything to deflect the accusations of their own incompetence.

Especially with the final ruling on Hillsborough finally laying out the truth on the police incompetence there, and the way they blamed victims to cover their own back.

Idk, I kinda wish this story had the same anger surrounding it in the media and in the public as the Jimmy Saville case does, especially since the offender is alive and can be brought to justice. 6 years will never be enough for a sex offender in my eyes, but if he name was splashed around a lot more so everyone knew Jang Suk Woo is a sex offender who manipulates and drugs young women, he'd be less likely to be able to get out of prison and do it all again. He might find a way, as sex offenders will always want to find a way, but there would be a lot of eyes on him if he was the centre of a media storm that ensured people knew all about how vile of a creature he really is.
b1gay4 13th-Nov-2012 11:00 pm (UTC)
mte this country has some pretty jacked up ways i can't wait to go home for christmas
love_allure 14th-Nov-2012 01:00 am (UTC)
who are the two idols?
strawberry_efeu 14th-Nov-2012 03:50 am (UTC)
No one knows. It's been said that they are not from The BOSS, but that was from a newspaper, so who knows. ( http://www.allkpop.com/2012/04/police-book-two-idol-members-and-issue-arrest-warrant-for-singer-a-in-open-world-investigation )

Apparently the statute of limitations already passed for the male idols:
"Although the CEO was indicted with raping the female trainees, the accusation against the CEO of forcing male idols to participate in the sexual assault has been dropped, as the prosecutor’s office was not granted the authority to indict.

A representative from the prosecutor’s office explained that as the female trainees did not try to escape the situation nor were they prevented from moving by force or threats, the case involving the CEO and the male idols did not fall under rape. Instead, it would fall under the use of authority and power to enter into sexual relations. Since cases that fall under such a category must be reported within one year of the occurrence, the prosecutors were not given the authority to indict the CEO on the charge of forcing male idols to sexually assault the trainees as the time frame had already passed."
http://www.allkpop.com/2012/05/open-world-entertainment-ceo-officially-charged-with-rape

It doesn't seem like they ever intended to charge the male idols though? It's confusing.
love_allure 14th-Nov-2012 09:07 am (UTC)
fucked.up. :|
nightfrost75 13th-Nov-2012 10:33 pm (UTC)
I wonder if we'll ever know who the idols he made commit rape were.
I have some sympathy for them but that doesn't mean they should go unpunished.
gathyou 13th-Nov-2012 10:39 pm (UTC)
Six years is short. And trying to make the sentence shorter by saying "I'm a business man, I spread Hallyu wave in China" is ABSOLUTELY WRONG. It has nothing to do with sexual harassment.
But he admitted he was wrong. This is gonna help the victims and their relatives.
xxhna 13th-Nov-2012 10:39 pm (UTC)
So wait, he did the assaulting or told others to do it? Either way....I feel terrible for the victims and do hope they find some solace in this.
love_keiko 13th-Nov-2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
ONLY 6 years?! O___O
miszmba 13th-Nov-2012 10:49 pm (UTC)
Disgusting.
cruel_disorder 13th-Nov-2012 10:51 pm (UTC)
This fucker needs to be kept away from the victims and AWAY FROM SOCIETY. FOR A LONG TIME.
b1gay4 13th-Nov-2012 11:00 pm (UTC)
asshole rot in jail
yingmoon26 13th-Nov-2012 11:27 pm (UTC)
WOW 6 years only. unbelievable.

" He will work to help the healing process of the victims"
just stay away from the victims.
haimazn 13th-Nov-2012 11:28 pm (UTC)
He will work to help the healing process of the victims.

He shouldn't even be allowed to be in the same vicinity as them, let alone "help them," and I can already see him trying to harass them more. Psh, 6 years, what a joke.
t_domination 13th-Nov-2012 11:42 pm (UTC)
"He will work to help the healing process of the victims" no
45s 14th-Nov-2012 01:49 am (UTC)
maybe he'll stand there while they stab the shit out of him (wishful thinking)
chewmi 14th-Nov-2012 02:34 am (UTC)
yeah wtf ?
harmlessbondage 18th-Nov-2012 03:02 am (UTC)
this. the best way to help their healing process would have been to give them justice i.e. a PROPER punishment. but oops they couldn't even get that right.
noneko 13th-Nov-2012 11:59 pm (UTC)
6 years is a fucking joke.
lenra 14th-Nov-2012 12:00 am (UTC)
shit :/
anconeous 14th-Nov-2012 12:16 am (UTC)
At least he was actually convicted and didn't get away with it compared to many other people in the industry. Getting only 6 years is such a joke though. He should rot in jail for much much longer.
kayleen_san 14th-Nov-2012 12:35 am (UTC)
He will work to help the healing process of the victims.

Please, don't. You've done enough all ready, asshole.
deerlike 14th-Nov-2012 12:36 am (UTC)
Ugh, only six years. I hope he gets shanked in prison.
unofficialdear 14th-Nov-2012 01:41 am (UTC)
Same
unofficialdear 14th-Nov-2012 01:41 am (UTC)
6 years is not enough, but I'm satisfied to know that his career is ruined. The guy can rot in hell.
iznanassi 14th-Nov-2012 02:02 am (UTC)
Isn't 6 years quite a bit in Korea? Especially because he plead guilty?

Obviously it isn't enough but it's a step in the right direction and hopefully this sicko stays away from the entertainment business. Guys like him are just terrible people, taking advantage of someone's dream for your own gain and turning it into a nightmare smh e_e
iksagor 14th-Nov-2012 02:03 am (UTC)
He will work to help the healing process of the victims. no please. He should have no part in it besides them not not being thought of as liars, if that is even possible. He should just rot in jail.
dotdotdotting 14th-Nov-2012 02:20 am (UTC)
No sympathy for this douchebag whatsoever. Hope he rots in hell.
anathema_switch 14th-Nov-2012 03:28 am (UTC)
Still mad that those idols supposedly got off free.
active3minutes 14th-Nov-2012 04:48 am (UTC)
he needs a much harsher sentence, 6 years is not enough. those 2 idols need some sort of punishment too. smh, i hope the victims involved can heal in some way.
kokkikokki 14th-Nov-2012 05:59 am (UTC)
thanks for the links. i've never heard of those scandals before. that's some very disturbing shit. sick bastards.
izabera 14th-Nov-2012 10:48 am (UTC)
"Lin allegedly practiced gang rape with his hotel staff or shareholders, after drugging targeted female victims. The entire scene would be recorded and uploaded online."

I was too disgusted to continue reading after that. Someone who does that should be in jail for life without parole.
I can't imagine what it's like for the victims to not only go through this ordeal, but know sickos get their kicks watching it too. Once something like that is online, it will be out there for the rest of the victims lives.
ayumikoshiro 14th-Nov-2012 02:32 pm (UTC)
this is sickening and disturbing to say the least.
kokkikokki 14th-Nov-2012 06:06 am (UTC)
ugh. i hope he spends six whole years of tossing salad behind bars.
phililen3 14th-Nov-2012 11:45 am (UTC)
I saw the title and thought "YAY!!!"
Then read below and..... Should have known. It is Korea after all...
hitsujiga 14th-Nov-2012 04:10 pm (UTC)
wow. still fucked up. just admitting for reducing his sentence is so much bs i can't count it. 8/
mjspice 14th-Nov-2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMN! O_O
redgreendress 15th-Nov-2012 03:54 am (UTC)
Serial rapists should rot in jail. 6 years is a fucking INSULT
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