Jung Joon-young taken into custody after court hearing on habeas corpus

Lim Chang-won Reporter Posted : 2019-03-21 14:42 Updated : 2019-03-21 14:42
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SEOUL -- With his hands tied up, Jung Joon-young, a singer accused of distributing and sharing illegally filmed sex file video files with other artists in the chat room of a smartphone app, was taken into custody at a police station, awaiting a court decision on a writ of habeas corpus.

Jung, 30, admitted to all criminal charges as a court opened a hearing Thursday on an arrest warrant sought by prosecutors. "I'm really sorry. I have committed an unforgivable crime. I acknowledge all charges against me," he said in a statement, adding he would accept the court's judgment without contesting.

He is suspected of playing a key role in a sex video scandal by distributing sex video files through social media chat rooms and sharing them with other K-pop artists. Illegal distribution and filming of unauthorized sex videos provide for a maximum jail term of five years or a fine of 30 million won ($26,525).

Police did not say how many artists have shared sex video files, but five including Jung and Seungri, who was expelled from BIGBANG, have been identified, leading to a permanent halt to their entertainment career. Three other artists are Lee Jong-hyun, a CNBLUE member, Yong Jun-Hyung of Highlight and FT ISLAND's Choi Jong-hoon.