3:18 pm - 01/31/2019

Goo Hara’s Ex-Boyfriend Choi Jong Bum To Go To Trial For Violence And Blackmail

Choi Jong Bum will be going to trial for hitting singer Goo Hara and threatening to leak a sex video, while Goo Hara received a suspension of indictment after hitting and injuring Choi Jong Bum.

On January 30, the Department of Crimes Against Women and Children at the Seoul Central District Prosecutor’s Office indicted Choi Jong Bum without detention.

According to the prosecution, Choi Jong Bum is being charged with causing injury to Goo Hara’s arms and legs during a fight on September 13 around 1 a.m. and for threatening to leak a sex video. After threatening to end Goo Hara’s celebrity career by sending the video to Dispatch, it was confirmed that he did not actually send an email, and he was cleared of any charges for video distribution.

Choi Jong Bum is currently denying all charges, but the prosecution explained that there is evidence to support the charges, including CCTV footage.

The police stated that Goo Hara did cause Choi Jong Bum bodily harm and forwarded her to prosecutors in November with a recommendation for indictment. However, while the prosecution stated that they acknowledged Goo Hara’s crimes, they considered both the fact that Choi Jong Bum instigated the physical altercation as well as the situation after the crime and offered her leniency with a suspension of indictment.

A source from the prosecution said, “We especially took into consideration how Ms. Goo suffered serious mental pain after Mr. Choi’s threat that he would spread a sex video.”

source: @soompi, soompi, naver
benihime99 31st-Jan-2019 02:30 pm (UTC)
kcaomei 31st-Jan-2019 05:00 pm (UTC)
daynr 31st-Jan-2019 06:07 pm (UTC)

I struggle with what seems to be a south korean legal concept of any returned violence is criminal/civil penalties. Not that I condone violence, but self defense at times ....
4minutesluts 1st-Feb-2019 12:59 am (UTC)
I think the actual issue is that there is a concept of a reasonable level of violence in self defence, but the threshold to cross for that to become an invalid defence is so low that it kind of ends up being meaningless
yxerin 31st-Jan-2019 10:50 pm (UTC)
oooh how the tables have turned
mortkero 2nd-Feb-2019 02:07 am (UTC)
Compared to other cases I've read, this is surprisingly more supportive of Goo Hara than I expected. But then again it hasn't gone to trial yet.
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