Jung Joon Young will be remaining under arrest for the duration of his trial.
The Seoul Central District Prosecutor’s Office revealed on April 16 that Jung Joon Young has been indicted with detention for the violation of the Special Act on Punishment of Sexual Crimes. After investigation revealed that he shared 11 illegally taken pieces of footage across 14 instances, he is the first celebrity in the Burning Sun controversy to receive an indictment.
Choi Jong Hoon, Roy Kim, and Eddy Kim, who are under investigation for sharing illegal footage along with Jung Joon Young, have been forwarded to prosecution.
Meanwhile, Seungri is still under investigation for alleged prostitution mediation, embezzlement, as well as his actions with regard to illegal footage of women.
Police reportedly investigating another suspected case of Seungri mediating prostitution services
On April 17, MBN reported that the police are looking into a further possible case of Seungri mediating prostitution services for investors.
Seungri has been suspected of mediating prostitution services in instances including for a foreign investor at Club Arena in 2015, for Japanese investors at a Christmas party in 2015, and at his birthday party in Palawan in 2017.
MBN reported that the police now also suspect Seungri of arranging for prostitution services for Japanese investors in July 2016. The police are investigating the possibility that Seungri’s group invited Japanese investors to Seoul and held an event that included prostitution services. They have determined the Japanese investors’ movements and locations at the time and are questioning women who are said to have been involved.
In addition, MBN reports that the police have determined that the Christmas party that is said to have involved prostitution services for Japanese investors in 2015 was not a one-day event, but rather took place over two days on December 24 and 25.
They are analyzing a breakdown of the money transfers that took place before and after the event and determining the source of the funds.
KBS reports on Jung Joon Young's chatroom content suggesting sexual assault + Choi Jong Hoon's lawyer responds
Warning: Discussions of sexual assault.
On April 18, SBS funE reporter Kang Kyung Yoon relayed a testimony from a woman identified as “A,” who claimed that she was sexually assaulted by a group of five men including Jung Joon Young and Choi Jong Hoon.
According to “A,” she went out for a drink with the five men in March 2016, immediately blacked out after accepting alcohol from them, and woke up in the morning fully naked in a hotel room. “A” argued that even though she did not question the men at the time, she later became suspicious of sexual assault following reports of their inappropriate chatrooms.
Following the reports, KBS revealed conversations from the chatroom, of which the five men were participants, that suggested the act of multiple-perpetrator sexual assault had been committed.
In the chatroom, Jung Joon Young said, “I was **ing with [Choi] Jong Hoon last night,” to which Burning Sun employee “Kim” responded, “That’s funny.” Jung Joon Young also sent a voice recording from the night before and continued, “She made these noises, so it made me laugh,” and added, “Ultimately, she just wanted to sleep with a celebrity.”
The conversation continued with Jung Joon Young saying, “Oh, you have a video? We got caught because ‘B’ hyung turned on the flash. Delete it quickly. Before Choi Jong Hoon saves it.” Choi Jong Hoon responded with multiple symbols for laughter, and “Kim” said, “We should have ** before [“A”] woke up. Props to Choi Jong Hoon for holding in his laughter to **.”
According to KBS, the asterisks are used in replacement of a slang word that implies sexual assault.
In response to allegations of multiple-perpetrator sexual assault, Choi Jong Hoon stated through his lawyer that while it is true that he was with “A,” he did not engage in sexual activity with her.
Woman testifies that Jung Joon Young, Choi Jong Hoon and 3 others sexually assaulted her as a group
A woman has come forward and testified that she was sexually assaulted by five people who are members of the controversial group chatrooms including Jung Joon Young and Choi Jong Hoon.
Warning: Discussions of sexual assault.
According to an exclusive report by SBS funE reporter Kang Kyung Yoon on April 18, a woman identified as “A” stated that she belatedly confirmed through a voice recording, photos, and conversations that were exchanged in the group chatrooms, that she was sexually assaulted by five men including Jung Joon Young and Choi Jong Hoon. After discussing with a lawyer, she has decided to file a lawsuit.
“A” testified that in March 2016, she met up with Jung Joon Young, Choi Jong Hoon, Burning Sun employee “Kim,” former YG Entertainment employee “Heo,” and businessman “Park” for a drink and blacked out. When she woke up in the morning, she found herself fully naked in a hotel room and Choi Jong Hoon was lying next to her.
While “A” hurriedly left the hotel room at the time, she became suspicious that she was sexually assaulted by them following recent reports of their inappropriate conversations and chatrooms.
Last month, she contacted Bang Jung Hyun, the lawyer who submitted the contents of the group chatrooms to the Anti-Corruption & Civil Rights Commission. She mentioned the date and location of the incident and through Bang Jung Hyun, she confirmed that there was one voice recording, six photos, and conversations suggesting that she was sexually assaulted.
In the conversations that were exchanged the day after, Jung Joon Young allegedly used slang words that implied multiple-perpetrator sexual assault, and Choi Jong Hoon reportedly talked about having to hold in his laughs to sexually assault “A,” who was unconscious.
The following is an interview that “A” participated with SBS funE:
Q. What is your relationship with the five members?
“I got to know Jung Joon Young in 2012 through an acquaintance, and I’ve known ‘Kim’ since 2013. One of my friends was dating Seungri at the time, so we used to hang out as a group. In early 2016, Jung Joon Young called me to grab a drink for the first time in a while, as he was hosting a fan signing event. The five members of the group chatroom and I, a total of six people, had drinks in three different locations. I was a bit drunk, but there were two more celebrities, and since I had known them for a few years, I let my guard down. They told me they booked a suite at a hotel and wanted to drink more there, but as soon as I drank alcohol [at the hotel], I lost consciousness.”
Q. What was going on when you woke up?
“I woke up because my head ached. My clothes were off, and Choi Jong Hoon was lying next to me, laughing. Since I did not have any clothes on, I asked them, ‘What is going on?’ They said, ‘You don’t remember?’ and chuckled. They came close to me while I was fully naked and teased me by saying, ‘Try looking for your underwear.’ ‘Heo’ even poked me around while jokingly suggesting that we should have sexual intercourse. When I told them to stop, they gave me back my underwear. I found my clothes, got dressed, and got out of the hotel. That’s what I remember from that day.”
Q. Were you not suspicious of getting sexually assaulted at the time?
“I do not remember anything after I lost consciousness after drinking at the hotel. I was taking pills for a panic disorder, so I loosely thought that might have been [the reason I passed out]. The back of my head was swollen as if I had hit [my head] against something. When I woke up fully naked in the morning, I felt shameful, but I wasn’t aware of what was going on, and I couldn’t ask. After I got out of the hotel, Jung Joon Young, Choi Jong Hoon, and ‘Kim’ contacted me as if nothing happened. Choi Jong Hoon even said, ‘See you later.’ It was hard for me to rashly ask them.”
Q. Did you contact them following reports of the group chatrooms?
“I contacted Choi Jong Hoon and ‘Kim.’ When I asked, ‘Did you film hidden camera footage of me?’ they said they absolutely did not. They told me, ‘We didn’t even talk about you [in the chatrooms], please believe us.’ They even said, ‘Do not worry. Let’s meet up.’ I realized that it would be difficult to expect a sincere apology from them or for them to reflect on themselves.”
Q. What made you decide to sue them?
“It’s painful every time I think about that day. Because it is embarrassing and it pains me, I deliberately tried to not talk about what happened that day. After I saw reports about the group chatrooms, I realized that even though I considered them as my close friends, it wasn’t the same for them. I can’t help but to think that they simply treated me like an object. I was ashamed. I hope they pay for their crimes.”
Q. How do you feel now that you are about to file a lawsuit?
“I’m worried that I might encounter retaliation or if the police will even carry out a proper investigation. The police stated that they have investigated the group chatrooms, but I have never been contacted by the police. I don’t know what will happen to me if [the five members] say they did no such thing. I’m scared that my identity will be exposed and that people will know that I was victimized.”
Until now, the police said that they weren’t able to move forward with investigating Jung Joon Young on allegations of sexual assault. However, with a testimony from “A,” they will officially begin the investigation as soon as she files her lawsuit.
When asked about the arguments of “A,” businessman “Park” said that he has “no relation to the case” and strongly denied accusations of participating in multiple-perpetrator sexual assault. “Heo” also did not respond, and Choi Jong Hoon was unreachable because his phone had been turned off.
Channel A reports of another suspected sexual assault perpetrated by Jung Joon Young, Choi Jong Hoon, and other members of group chatroom
On April 22, Channel A released a news report on the details of another suspected sexual assault perpetrated by the members of the group chatroom including Jung Joon Young, Choi Jong Hoon, and more.
According to Channel A, a group of women have filed a bill of complaint stating that they were sexually assaulted in Hongcheon, Gangwon Province, by Jung Joon Young, Choi Jong Hoon, and others. The women allege that they were given drinks by the men and have no memory of what happened afterwards.
The report stated that five men, including Jung Joon Young, Choi Jong Hoon, and a Burning Sun employee, went on a trip to a resort in Hongcheon, Gangwon Province, in January 2016. Jung Joon Young reportedly took the lead in planning the trip and invited several female acquaintances along.
According to the report, the police are investigating the group chatroom conversations that happened around this time. The conversations contain language that suggest that the women might have been sexually assaulted at the resort. In addition, some videos were shared that are suspected to have been illegally filmed.
The report further states that although Seungri did not attend the trip, he commented in the chatroom on January 9, 2016, writing “Who is that? [symbols indicating laughter]” in response to a video shared by “Kim,” who is identified as a Burning Sun employee. “Kim” also shared photos, to which someone identified as “Park” also responded with symbols indicating laughter.
Back on April 18, SBS funE reported testimony from a woman identified as “A,” who stated that she was sexually assaulted by five men – Jung Joon Young, Choi Jong Hoon, Burning Sun employee “Kim,” former YG Entertainment employee “Heo,” and businessman “Park” – at a hotel in March 2016.
On April 22, before Channel A’s news report, other news outlets reported that the police were investigating another victim of sexual assault besides “A.” At time of writing, it has not been confirmed whether this case is related to the women in Channel A’s news report.
According to a police source, the police are investigating various KakaoTalk messages that suggest multiple-perpetrator sexual assault. Because the victims are female, investigations of the victims have been passed to the Women’s and Juvenile Affairs Division of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency.
Jung Joon Young, Choi Jong Hoon, and Seungri's vacation trips together suspected of criminal activity
The “trips between friends” that were taken by Jung Joon Young, Choi Jong Hoon, Seungri, and more may have led to criminal activity.
On April 24, Seoul Shinmun obtained a copy of Jung Joon Young’s indictment. According to the indictment document, Jung Joon Young is being charged with illegally filming sexual activity 9 times and illegally sharing the videos in KakaoTalk group chatrooms 14 times. This is three more times than the police had previously revealed.
Seoul Shinmun’s report focused on the trip that Jung Joon Young and Seungri took to Taiwan in December 2015. At the time, the two were photographed by local media outlets going on their trip in secret, but it was portrayed as merely a trip between friends. However, Jung Joon Young illegally filmed sexual activity at the hotel during the trip and shared the video in the group chatroom on December 11, 2015.
The police are also investigating Seungri’s comment in the group chatroom on December 6, 2015, where he told people to prepare escorts for Taiwanese customers at a Gangnam club. Seungri is also being investigated by the police concerning suspicions of prostitution mediation at his birthday party in the Philippines.
Similar suspicions have been aroused for domestic trips as well. Channel A reported that women were sexually assaulted during a trip taken by Jung Joon Young, Choi Jong Hoon, and other group chatroom members to a resort in Gangwon Province in January 2016.
During this trip, Burning Sun employee “Kim” illegally filmed other people’s sexual activity and shared the videos in the group chatroom. “Kim” is being charged with 9 counts of illegal filming and 11 counts of illegal sharing. He has also been accused of rape in an incident that took place at a resort in the United States in April 2016.
According to Seoul Shinmun, Jung Joon Young is being investigated for suspicions of multiple-perpetrator sexual assault in Gangwon Province in January and November 2016.
Jung Joon Young’s preparatory hearing will reportedly take place on May 10.
Jung Joon Young banned on MBC + Seungri and Choi Jong Hoon temporarily restricted
On April 12, a source from MBC revealed, “Jung Joon Young’s broadcasted appearances have been banned because he was arrested.”
The source continued, “It is hard to restrict broadcasted appearances of Seungri and Choi Jong Hoon because they are only being investigated, but we acknowledge the gravity of this matter. Thus, we have temporarily restricted the two from appearing [on MBC].”
The source further explained that the level of restrictions regarding Seungri and Choi Jong Hoon will be redetermined in compliance with the result of the ongoing investigations.
On April 9, KBS also announced that they have decided to include Jung Joon Young, Seungri, and Choi Jong Hoon on their list of people who are banned from appearing on any shows associated with the network.
Jung Joon Young was placed under arrest in March for filming and distributing videos containing hidden camera footage. Seungri was booked and is currently being investigated for suspicions of prostitution mediation, violating food sanitation laws, spreading illegal footage, and embezzlement. Lastly, Choi Jong Hoon was booked for filming and sharing illegal footage, which he admitted to committing on April 11.
SBS responds to reports of banning Jung Joon Young, Seungri and Choi Jong Hoon
Following MBC and KBS, SBS has made an official statement regarding Jung Joon Young, Seungri, and Choi Jong Hoon appearing on their network.
On April 12, it was reported that the three involved in the ongoing chatroom controversy have been banned from appearing on any SBS shows. Later that day, a source from SBS made a statement regarding the reports.
The source stated, “As there is concern regarding blacklisting, there has been no official internal discussion on appearance restrictions or bans. However, the directors personally devote themselves to making judgments, so they are implicitly refraining from casting celebrities that have invoked public criticism.”
The source continued, “In this current situation to be honest, there are no directors that would cast these celebrities right away. At a certain point, if a producer believes that a celebrity has had sufficient self-reflection and wants to cast the celebrity, then the committee can discuss and make a decision on the appearance.”
Previously, MBC banned Jung Joon Young and temporarily restricted Seungri and Choi Jong Hoon from appearing on the network’s broadcasts. KBS also temporarily restricted the three from appearing on any shows associated with the network.
Jung Joon Young's 1st hearing to take place next month + investigations ongoing for sexual assault allegations
Jung Joon Young will be attending his first hearing soon.
The preparatory hearing for his charges of illegally filming and sharing footage of sexual acts will reportedly take place on May 10 at 11 a.m. KST.
At a preparatory hearing, the court determines the course that will be taken to prove whether the defendant is guilty or not, based on the defendant’s position. The defendant is not required to attend.
According to Maeil Business Newspaper, if Jung Joon Young’s side agrees to the use of the evidence presented by the prosecution, official trials will most likely begin within two to three weeks.
Meanwhile, the police have investigated another victim of sexual assault besides “A,” who testified that she was sexually assaulted by five people who are members of the controversial group chatrooms including Jung Joon Young and Choi Jong Hoon.
According to a police source, they are currently not only investigating Jung Joon Young’s case of filming and spreading illegally filmed footage, but also looking into other KakaoTalk messages that brought forward suspicions of multiple-perpetrator sexual assault. The source added, “Because the victim is female, we arranged for the Women’s and Juvenile Affairs Division of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency to investigate her.”
Previously, the police found photos and a voice recording related to “A” in the group chatroom including Jung Joon Young and Choi Joon Young.
As they have gathered enough evidence to prove that either aggravated rape or quasi-rape happened, the police will officially begin investigating the case when “A” files a bill of complaint.
Jung Joon Young reportedly owes agency more than 300 million won in damage; agency responds
Jung Joon Young may owe his former agency MAKEUS Entertainment over 300 hundred million won (approximately $263,247) in damages.
Last March, just two months after Jung Joon Young first signed with MAKEUS Entertainment in January, the agency terminated his contract after it came to light that he had illegally filmed and shared footage of sexual activity.
On April 23, Korean news outlet Ilgan Sports reported that Jung Joon Young currently owes MAKEUS Entertainment a significant amount of money. According to the report, the singer received an advance of 300 hundred million won (approximately $263,247) from the agency upon the signing of his exclusive contract, with the understanding that he would be making music and contributing to the creation of various types of content under his new label.
However, because none of these plans came to fruition during his brief time at the agency, the report stated that Jung Joon Young is now required to return that sum. He also reportedly owes the agency an additional amount in damages.
According to Ilgan Sports, MAKEUS Entertainment responded to the report by expressing a reluctance to continue being associated with Jung Joon Young. A source at the agency commented, “It’s difficult for us to state our position. Please understand.”
A representative of the agency similarly told media outlet News1, “It is difficult for us to confirm the truth [of the report].”
Meanwhile, Jung Joon Young, who was recently indicted with detention, will be attending his first hearing on May 10. He is also currently being investigated by the police over allegations of sexual assault.
Police clarify Choi Jong Hoon's drunk driving case was not intentionally covered up
On April 18, the Intellectual Crime Division of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency stated that they found no evidence of Choi Jong Hoon’s drunk driving incident from 2016 being intentionally blocked from being covered by the press.
Choi Jong Hoon previously admitted to offering a bribe to a police officer by telling him, “I’ll give you 2 million won (approximately $1,762), so let this slide,” when he was caught drunk driving. However, the new update from the police indicates that the drunk driving incident was not deliberately covered up and that the police officer presumably did not accept the bribe.
The police found that the police station in charge of the case (Seoul Yongsan Police Station) had informed the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency about the fact that Choi Jong Hoon was a celebrity and was caught drunk driving. This was found through investigation records and records in a cellphone belonging to the police officer in charge of the case at the time.
In addition, the police looked into the bank account records of the participants of the group chatroom with Choi Jong Hoon, as well as those of all officers at the Yongsan Police Station, and they found no evidence of corrupt connections to Senior Superintendent Yoon, former Yuri Holdings CEO Yoo In Suk, or other police officers in command of investigations.
Choi Jong Hoon will be forwarded to the prosecution on April 19 on charges of showing the intention to bribe a police officer. He was previously booked on these charges last month.
Roy Kim's name removed from forest in Gangnam
The Gangnam District Office has decided to remove the plaque that had Roy Kim’s name written on it for the forest that was initially named after him.
The forest, which is located in the middle of the Gangnam District, was set up by Roy Kim’s fans in 2013 to commemorate the release of the singer’s first studio album “Love Love Love” after he became the winner of Mnet’s survival program “Superstar K 4.”
On April 19, a source from the Gangnam District Office said, “After Roy Kim was booked as a suspect [of spreading illegally filmed photos], [we received] many complaints from residents who frequently use the park. Because the public opinion [of Roy Kim] is not positive, we determined that it would be wrong to keep ‘Roy Kim Forest.'”
Another source stated, “The Gangnam District Office made an independent decision to remove Roy Kim’s name [from the forest] without negotiating with [his] fans. There is no trace of Roy Kim in the forest [anymore].”
Earlier this month, Roy Kim was revealed to be one of the members in the chatroom with Jung Joon Young. The singer admitted to spreading illegally filmed photos but not filming.
Sources: Kookmin Ilbo, MBN, KBS News, Naver (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12), Channel A, Sports Today, News Herald via Soompi (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)
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