Police Arrest Jung Joon-Young After His Admission of Guilt

Singer-songwriter Jung Joon-young has been arrested. It is the first celebrity arrest in the “Burning Sun Gate” scandal.

On Thursday at 8:50 p.m., police arrested singer-songwriter Jung Joon-young on charges of violating the Sexual Violence Crime Laws. With his arrest, Jung becomes the first entertainer to be arrested in connection with the “Burning Sun Gate,” the title given the convoluted investigations of those connected to nightclub Burning Sun, Lee Seung-hyun, popularly known as Seungri, and Jung Joon-young.

Appear at the court at 9:35 a.m. on the same day, police questioned Jung hours before his arrest from 10:30 in the morning to 12:17 in the afternoon. Prior to the warrant hearing, Jung stood before the press where he apologized using a prepared script. “I’m really sorry,” he said, and “I committed an unpardonable crime. I accepted all the charges against me. Today, we will not argue over the allegation and follow the court’s judgment.”

Jung Joon-young issues an apology and admits to charges of violating Sexual Violent Crime Laws – OSEN News

Jung also issued an apology to those he victimized. “I once again apologize to the victims. I apologize to all of the women who have been damaged through no fault of their own, and to all those who have shown interest and affection to me so far. For now on, I will sincerely cooperate with the investigation process and reflect on what I have done for the rest of my life.”

Jung wept while reading the apology and stopped talking at once point due to his tears. However, he did not answer questions from reporters following his statement. In particular, Jung kept mum on whether he received consent from the victims before share the illegally filmed videos.

As a result, public criticism of Jung as intensified. Many say that his “crocodile tears” were fake and just a device to avoid arrest. However, tears are not a valid legal reason for police to not complete an arrest warrant.

On the day of the arrest, Lim Min-sung who is a judge at the Seoul District Court, said that with the status of crucial material evidence submitted, the circumstances of and after the crimes were committed, and the progression of the investigation so far that the “reason for the arrest of the accused and its considerable validity are recognized.” Further, there was also a concern that Jung may destroy evidence, although he has submitted three mobile phones for digital forensic investigation.

Jung is suspected of spreading filming and sharing sex videos in group chatrooms he shared with other celebrities without permission. Some of the stars in these chatrooms include Lee Seung-hyun, former Highlight member Yong Jun-hyung, former F.T. Island Choi Jong-hoon, and CNBLUE member Lee Jong-hyun. Additionally, authorities believe that Jung shared at least ten videos since late 2015.

 

 

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[Opinion] Two Sides of the Same Coin

The current investigation involving Burning Sun, Seungri, Jung Joon-young and their associates are one side of a coin. On the other side being Jang Ja-yeon’s life, death, and legacy.

Jung Joon-young (left), Jang Ja-yeon, Lee Seung-hyun – OSEN News database

Police have been having a busy 2019. For the past few weeks, the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency has taken on multiple cases revolving around former BIGBANG member Lee Seung-hyun, popularly known as Seungri, and singer and TV celebrity Jung Joon-young that involves sex trafficking, creating and sharing illegal sexual footage, using and distributing drugs, rape, and collusion with corrupt police.

As the investigation of the two moves forward, several other K-pop idols including Highlight’s Yong Jun-hyung and F.T. Island’s Choi Jong-hoon become implicated in these allegations, their cases have started to expose the seedy underbelly of the K-pop world.

Past reports exposing unfair “slave” contracts, abusive and intense rehearsal and training sessions, and agencies’ tendency to overwork their talent for profit have painted the mechanisms fueling the K-pop machine in a negative light. However, adding in the factor that the stars themselves can be equally unethical adds another profound layer of grime to the picture. It illustrates that the issues exposed in these investigations and the actions that these stars engaged in are a result of larger societal factors.

These factors include but are not limited what Crystal Tai, a writer for South China Morning Post argues is “South Korea’s culture of toxic masculinity” and what Haeryun Kang, a freelance journalist and editor, says it is the “pervasive power inequality between men and women in countless, unseen sectors of Korean society.”

Indeed it is clear that Lee, Jung, and other men who were empowered in their masculinity, fame, and wealth, took advantage of several women wrongfully and illegally for their benefit, entertainment, and pleasure. While Lee and Jung’s victims have not publically identified themselves out of fear, they do have a voice in the form of the late Jang Ja-yeon and her advocate Yoon Ji-oh.

Like these unknown women, the talented, pretty, and well-liked Jang Ja-yeon was victimized by men in positions of considerable power including show producers, journalists, media and entertainment executives at the behest of her agent Kim Sung-hoon who pimped her out for preferential treatment.

Pallbearers carry a picture of Jang Ja-yeon during her funeral procession – OSEN News database

Jang revealed this information in a seven-page letter with a list of 31 names she left behind after taking her life just five months after her debut movie role as Sunny in 2009’s film Boys Over Flowers. Notably, while her case was hastily closed in trials following her death, it was reopened in the midst of the 2018 #MeToo movement after prosecutors discovered ack of conduct on behalf of the investigators at the time.

Currently, her case is ongoing with details unfolding alongside Lee Seung-hyun’s and Jung Joon-young’s, acting as a ying to their yang. The interesting juxtaposition of these investigations plays like two sides of the same coin.

On one side are the salacious details of powerful men uninterested in the rule of law as they drugged, raped, filmed, and trafficked women for their own means. On the other, is the heartbreaking tale of a woman who was on the receiving end of their dehumanization and is an example of the real-life consequence to their actions.

MBC “News Desk” anchor interviews Yoon Ji-oh – MBC

Unfortunately, I may have painted Jang as too much of victim. Jang’s side of the coin shouldn’t be viewed as a sad and powerless story, but also as a woman who sought change. Her friend and advocate Yoon Ji-oh who witnessed some of the abuse Jang endured said that she doesn’t believe (link in Korean) that the seven-page letter Jang wrote was a suicide note. Instead, Jang intended those pages of papers were to act as legal documents to enact justice.

But how that coin will land? Will it heads where justice is served a movement to rejects the actions of these men and to expose and punish those like them? Or will it be tails, where only the surface is cleaned but the scum beneath remains?

 

 

 

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Police Believe Seungri Solicited Prostitutes for a Birthday Party in the Philippines

In the process of their investigation of the charges put against former BIGBANG member Seungri, authorities believe that the former singer solicited prostitutes in both 2015 and 2017.

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A police statement about Seungri – MBN

According to an MBN report on Wednesday, police secured a statement that there were sexual services or prostitution rings at Seungri’s, real name Lee Seung-hyun, birthday party in Palawan, the Philippines, in 2017.

The police have contacted a man who reportedly gathered the women for the birthday party. Additionally, they are also looking to investigate the women said to have been at the event.

Seungri speaks to reporters outside of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency – OSEN News

News of this allegation is in addition to charges that Lee attempted to secure prostitutes for potential foreign business investors back in 2015, according to Kakao Talk messages revealed by SBS FunE News. As a result, the police investigation is expected to gain momentum as they work to uncover more information on the allegations against Lee.

Moreover, with the Military Manpower Administration having officially postponed Lee’s military enlistment by three months, police will continue to summon him for questioning.

 

 

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President Moon Presses for Thorough Investigation of Celebrity Cases

As the investigations involving K-pop celebrities — namely the Burning Sun and Jung Joon-young cases — have exploded internationally due to their seemingly infinite layers of intrigue, corruption, and collusion, President Moon Jae-In has called for a thorough investigation of the cases.

President Moon Jae-in says that the current ongoing investigation involving celebrities needs to be investigated in a televised statement – SBS

On Monday, President Moon Jae-In released a public order for the Burning Sun, Jung Joon-young, and Jang Ja-yeon cases to be thoroughly investigated. In a powerful televised statement, the president laid bare some of the most challenging aspects of the ongoing cases including corruption and public sentiment:

Even though there is a lot of public suspicions, there are cases where the truth has not been revealed for many years or has even been concealed. The common characteristic [of these cases] is that they have occurred in the privileged class of society and the prosecution and police have shown signs of intentional mismanagement […] actively obstructed the search for the truth and concealed it from the people […] If we don’t find out the truth of these cases, which took place in the socially privileged class, we won’t be able to speak of a just society,” said the president.”

Jang Ja-yeon – OSEN News

Notably, as a result of him including and speaking of Jang’s case, which was to close at the end of March, it has officially been extended by two months to May. Even so, a decade has passed since the case first started in 2009 and the 15-year statute of limitation regarding sexual crimes may still be upheld.

The renewed momentum into the Jang case seems to have little effect on Yoon Ji-oh, an actress and friend of the late Jang. In particular, Yoon is one of the only people to come forward as a witness to abuse that her friend endured at the hands of powerful men.

Furthermore, since revealing her identity in the process of this reopened case, she has continued to pursue justice with unwavering passion and purpose aided by those seeking a  just end to the investigation as well.

Actress Yoon Ji-oh speaks to a group of reporters – OSEN News

On the same day as President Moon’s announcement, Yoon took to social media where she expressed her gratitude. Today for the first time in a long time, since my past 15 testimonies, I see the light,” said Yoon. “I have so much gratitude and respect for all of you. Although I am lacking and weak you all have protected and supported me” and “I will continue to testify in good faith,” she said, thanking the president and her advocates.

The attention brought to the matter by President Moon, the country’s most public political figure, is an answer to concerns that Yoon voiced last week. After attending a session with investigators where she provided her 14th testimony on the Jang case, Yoon expressed consternation over the lack of media and public attention.  “Each time Jang’s case comes up it is overlooked, but please pay more attention to it,” she said.

As Yoon continues her public campaign for truth, it is yet to be seen whether the same energy will be transferred to prosecutors and the court where justice will ultimately be tested.

 

 

 

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Jung Joon Young Could Be Sentenced 7 Years & 6 Months

Jung Joon Young’s ruling for illegal filming and sharing sexual content is expected to be 7 years and 6 months in prison.

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On March 18, OSEN reports the expected sentence for Jung Joon Young is 7 years and 6 months according to the segment aired on the same day by MBC’s ‘Section TV’. On the show, Lawyer Oh Soo Jin stated Jung Joon Young’s crime of filming (body parts) without consent using cameras. In addition, based on the most recent reports of prostitution allegations Jung Joon Young could be sentenced to a maximum of 1.5x the usual sentencing.

In Korea, the sentence for sexual assault is maximum 5 years. For Jung Joon Young who could be sentenced for sexual assault, illegal filming and sharing, prostitution etc. could result to a ruling of 7 years and 6 months in prison. In addition he would be registered as an offender.

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Jung Joon Young was first in the headlines on March 11, 2019 after Seungri’s chatroom conversation was shared in the media. The nation was shocked and outraged at Jung Joon Young for his crimes. As of now, many people associated with the artist have declared their shock and disappointment in fear of retribution from the public.

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KBS ‘2 Days & 1 Night’ Announces Indefinite Hiatus

After Jung Joon Young’s sex scandal, 2 other members of KBS’s ‘2 Days & 1 Night’ are now under fire for illegal gambling.

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On March 17, KBS announced their variety show ‘2 Days & 1 Night’ will be going on an indefinite hiatus following Jung Joon Young’s sex scandal and Cha Tae Hyun & Kim Joon Ho’s gambling scandal. The 3rd season of KBS’s ‘2 Days & 1 Night’ has been airing every Sunday at 6:10 PM (KST), will no longer be airing or producing new episodes. That time slot will be substituted with ‘Happy Sunday, Superman is Back’.

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Previously after Jung Joon Young’s sex scandal was in the headlines, the show decided to edit out all of Jung Joon Young’s scene. However, because the format of the show made editing out Jung Joon Young’s scenes difficult, they later decided to go on a hiatus until they could film new content.

Unfortunately for ‘2 Days & 1 Night’, KBS News 9 announced members Cha Tae Hyun and Kim Joon Ho’s illegal golf gambling scandal to everyone’s shock on March 16. Reports showed the chatroom of the ‘2 Days & 1 Night’ cast members where Cha Tae Hyun and Kim Joon Ho has bragged about their winnings. Resulting in the current predicament for ‘2 Days & 1 Night’.

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Seungri Might Postpone His Military Enlistment Due to Ongoing Investigation

Seungri returned home after being investigated by police overnight. As the seriousness of the investigation grows, the former singer looks to postpone his military enlistment.

Seungri/ Lee Seung-hyun – OSEN News

At 6:14 am Friday, police released Seungri, real name Lee Seung-hyun, after questioning for about 16 hours. Lee, who had appeared at the Seoul Metropolitan Police agency around 2 p.m. the day before, was investigated overnight as a suspect.

Have gone through more than 20 hours of police questioning with more likely to come, Lee is expected to officially apply for the postponement of his enlistment at the Military Manpower Administration (MMA) today. The MMA is part of South Korea’s Ministry of Defense responsible for the compulsatory military conscription that all Korean men of age must oblige. Additionally, they are also charged with handling and fulfilling other critical personnel needs.

Speaking to a group of reporters, Lee said that he participated in the investigation sincerely and that “as of today, I will officially apply to the [MMA] for a postponement of my enlistment,” and “I will postpone the date of my enlistment and show that I am sincerely [participating in] the investigation until the end.”

Lee is suspected of distributing drugs, assault, sexual assault, collusion with the police, soliciting prostitutes, and tax evasion. When the scandal was just beginning to break, he voluntarily appeared before police on Feb. 27. At that time, investigators questioned him overnight for approximately 8.5 hours where he also took a drug test that came back negative. Moreover, he also submitted a petition asking the authorities to investigate him thoroughly so as to settle any matter completely.

In addition to the charges related to club Burning Sun and sing Jung Joon-yong, new reports alleged that he gambled in Las Vegas in the U.S. One media outlet disclosed that he may even be involved in attempting to arrange an overseas sex trade. Reportedly, he sent picture and information of a woman to “A,” a representative or delegate who was in Indonesia at the time.

Meanwhile, earlier this week Lee announced his retirement from the entertainment industry via social media which was followed by an official statement by YG Entertainment.

 

 

 

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Jung Joon-Young to Voluntarily Report to Police on Wednesday

Investigators will question singer and TV entertainer Jung Joon-young, 30, on charges of secretly shooting and distributing sexually explicit video via Kakao Talk messenger this week.

Jung Joon-young arrives at Incheon International Airport from the U.S. – OSEN News database

Through a lawyer singer and TV personality Jung Joon-young hired before returning from the U.S. to South Korea, Jung reported that he will voluntarily go to the police for questioning on Wednesday. He will decide on the exact time after consulting with his lawyer on the matter.

On Sunday, SBS reported that Jung shared sexually explicit videos and photos of himself having intercourse with women in group chatrooms on Kakao Talk, a messaging application. Furthermore, according to reports, other celebrities including Seungri, debatably a former member of BIGBANG.

This has led both media outlets and the public alike to speculate who these celebrities are. Additionally, they are raising questions whether any of these celebrities were involved in the creation and distribution of the footage.

To date, at least two celebrities have issued official statements denying any involvement.

On Monday, Jung flew back from the U.S. where he was filming for the third season of a tVN show. He landed back in South Korea around 6 p.m. Reported on the scene bombarded the entertainer with questions but got nowhere. At that time he said that he cannot answer any questions at that time and that he is sorry.

Recently, a netizen created a petition asking that he wear an ankle monitor and be chemically castrated on the Blue House’s official site.

 

 

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Police Launch Investigation of Jung Joon-Young for Filming and Sharing Sexual Footage

Police have launched an investigation into allegations that singer and entertainer Jung Joon-young (30) illegally filmed and circulated pornographic videos and photos.

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Updated 3/12/2019 9:43 a.m. PST: Correction made to time period of illegal distribution from “years” to “ten months.”

On Monday, Yonhap News Agency reported that the Seoul Metro Police station was investigating singer and entertainer Jung Joon-young for distributing and allegedly distributing pornographic footage. According to reports, Jung shared the videos in a Kakao Talk chartroom with BIGBANG Seungri.

Police have confirmed that Jung also distributed video clips and photos of sexual acts in a chatroom with other acquaintances as well as with Seungri. With this confirmed, the authorities need to determine if he captured the footage illegally.

The police are planning to summon Jung for questioning in the near future. Should they find evidence that the videos and photos were obtained illegally, they can apply charges of using cameras and other devices to obtain footage under a law regarding sexual violence.

SBS News was the station that first reported that Jung has shared these pornographic images. According to the news station, he sent a secret video clip of a woman, whom he claimed to have sex with, in a chatroom. There are about 10 different women featured in the footage Jung shared over the course of ten months.

This investigation is another addition in a long string of crimes related to prostitution and illegal sexual acts in connection to club Burning Sun, BIGBANG Sungri, and some of his connections.

Meanwhile, Jung has been a cast member of several high-rated programs including “Law of the Jungle,” “Salty Trip,” and “Celebrity Bromance.”

 

 

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Big Bang Seungri is NOT the Hongdae Club Owner, It’s Actually YG’s Yang Hyun Suk?

A news article reports the Hongdae club owner is not Big Bang Seungri but YG’s Yang Hyun Suk!

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On March 5th, OSEN reports a news article by Cookie News has been gaining lots of attention for Hongdae’s club belonging to YG’s Yang Hyun Suk, not Big Bang’s Seungri. Cookie News reports Seungri posted he was the owner of a new Hongdae club in 2017, known as Club X. Although that club is currently doing business under a different name, Love Signal, research has proven the club owner is not Big Bang Seungri but Company A.

YG’s founder Yang Hyun Suk is known to have 70% ownership of Company A while the remaining 30% belongs to YG’s CEO Yang Min Suk (Yang Hyun Suk’s brother).

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Through this news article, many are confused as to how Club X aka Club Love signal is related to the Burning Sun scandal and Seungri’s alleged prostitution case. Many speculation as to whether this article is trying to make inferences about Burning Sun’s scandal.

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