SBS Reports Produce 101 PD Ahn Joon Young Admits To Manipulating Rankings For “Produce 48” And “Produce X 101”
On November 5, two arrest warrants for production staff of “Produce X 101” were issued, including one for the show’s PD Ahn Joon Young. (SBS reported that the police had requested an arrest warrant for Ahn Joon Young and other producers after the producers tried to destroy evidence like mobile phone messages and related materials.)
Ahn Joon Young is a PD under CJ ENM who has supervised several survival programs at Mnet between 2010 and 2019. He has worked on all four seasons of “Produce 101,” including the most recent “Produce X 101.”
SBS reports that during police questioning, Ahn Joon Young admitted to the suspicions of manipulating the rankings of “Produce X 101” and “Produce 48.” He denied the suspicions of manipulation of the first and second seasons of “Produce 101.”
Ahn Joon Young has been arrested on suspicions such as fraud and breach of trust by taking bribery. According to SBS, the police have found that starting from the second half of last year, Ahn Joon Young has been entertained over 40 times at an adult entertainment establishment in Gangnam, paid for by agencies. The total amount spent for this is said to be over 100 million won (approximately $86,355). It has not been confirmed whether the agencies in question are related to idols that benefited from the ranking manipulation.
In addition to the searches and seizures that were conducted on CJ ENM for suspicions of vote manipulation for “Idol School” last month, additional searches and seizures on CJ ENM and an entertainment agency took place on November 5. According to MoneyS, this is the first time that the agency in question was searched and seized. The agency houses a trainee whose ranking is suspected of having been manipulated.
Other than Produce X 101 PDs Ahn Joon Young and Chief Producer "Kim", the police also requested arrest warrants for PD "Lee" and Starship Entertainment’s vice president “Kim”, which were not approved. (This means that they will not have to wait for their trial in jail).
source: koreanasia, soompi 2 3, sbs, naver 2