K-pop stars, Jung Joon-young and Choi Jong-hoon sentenced to prison on rape charges

Prominent K-pop stars, Jung Joon-young, 30, and Choi Jong-hoon, 29, have been sentenced to prison for rape.

Jung Joon-young and Choi Jong-hoon were found guilty of raping a drunk woman with the former making a video of the sexual acts which was later shared on the internet.

K-pop stars, Jung Joon-young and Choi Jong-hoon sentenced to prison on rape charges

The K-pop stars were sentenced by a Seoul, South Korea, district court with Jung sentenced to six years in prison and Choi to five years.

“The accused perpetrated sexual crimes against multiple women, degrading women and treating them as mere tools of sexual pleasure,” the judge said in his verdict, according to The New York Times. “It’s hard to fathom the pain the victims must have​ suffered.”

The assault happened in 2016 and the pair according to the Times, have one week to appeal the charges. Courts also ruled that both men must complete 80 hours of sexual violence treatment programs, CNN reports.

Jung, who quit the music industry back in March when news of the accusations broke, said in his final testimony that he is remorseful for his actions.

“I deeply regret my foolishness and I feel great remorse,” he said, according to BBC News. “From now on, I shall only … live in remorse.”

Jung came into the limelight in 2012 on South Korean channel Mnet’s talent show series, Superstar K4 where he finished in third place. He went on to host several television and radio shows before transitioning into a solo music career.

With his debut album in 2013, Jung earned the award for Best New Male Solo Artist of the Year at South Korea’s annual Gaon Chart K-pop Awards. His last album The First Person was released in 2017.

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