A court in South Korea sentenced a K-pop musician to six years in prison on Friday, November 29, for raping a woman and distributing a video capturing the act.
Jung Joon-young was arrested in March. Choi Jong-hoon a former member of FT Island band, was also sentenced to five years imprisonment for the rape of the woman, according to a Reuters report.
Both were members of online chat groups that shared secret sex tapes and made jokes about drugging and raping women, the Seoul Central District Court said.
“The defendants are well-known celebrities and friends, but the chat they’ve had showed that they simply considered women as objects of sexual pleasure, and committed crimes that were extremely serious,” Judge Kang Seong-soo said.
According to the media report, Jung admitted distributing the video, though he argued the sex was in all cases consensual. Choi denied raping the woman and had argued that he did not remember having sex with her and that if he had, it was likely consensual.
Jung’s conviction includes the illegal distribution of other videos he took secretly while having sex with women. The court sentenced both men to 80 hours in “sexual violence treatment” education.