Two South Korean pop stars get prison terms for sexual crimes

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court on Friday found two K-pop stars guilty of illicit sexual relations with a woman who was unable to resist and sentenced them to up to six years in prison.

The Seoul Central District Court said singer-songwriter Jung Joon-young received a six-year prison term and former boy band member Choi Jong-hoon a five-year term.

The court said in a statement that they were convicted of committing “special quasi-raping,” which it said means multiple people collaborating to have illicit sextual intercourse with a person who was unconscious or unable to resist.

Jung was additionally convicted of filming sex videos of women against their will and sharing them with friends in a group chat.

The two men were also ordered to undergo 80 hours of sex offender treatment programs.

They have one week to appeal, according to the court.

Their scandals roiled South Korea’s entertainment industry earlier this year when the investigation began.

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SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - SEPTEMBER 03: Former member of South Korean girl group f(x), Sulli, attends the photocall for FENDI on September 03, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - SEPTEMBER 03: Former member of South Korean girl group f(x), Sulli, attends the photocall for FENDI on September 03, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - AUGUST 13: Former member of South Korean girl group f(x), Sulli, attends the photocall for 'Estee Lauder' at the Shilla Hotel on August 13, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JULY 12: Former member of South Korean girl group f(x), Sulli, attends the PRADA Thunder Pop-Up Store open photocall on July 12, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - MARCH 14: Former member of South Korean girl group f(x), Sulli, attends the photo call for BOUCHERON 'Les Salons Boucheron' on March 14, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - MARCH 14: Former member of South Korean girl group f(x), Sulli, attends the photo call for BOUCHERON 'Les Salons Boucheron' on March 14, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - MARCH 14: Former member of South Korean girl group f(x), Sulli, attends the photo call for BOUCHERON 'Les Salons Boucheron' on March 14, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 13: Former member of South Korean girl group f(x), Sulli attends the photocall for 'Estee Lauder' Pop-up Store Opening on February 13, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 21: South Korean singer/actress Choi Jin-ri (aka Sulli) attends Longchamp event on December 21, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 21: Former member of South Korean girl group f(x), Sulli attends the photocall for the LONGCHAMP at Lotte Department Store on December 21, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 10: Former member of South Korean girl group f(x), Sulli attends a promotional event for the 'Estee Lauder' on October 10, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 10: Former member of South Korean girl group f(x), Sulli attends a promotional event for the 'Estee Lauder' on October 10, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - MAY 16: Former member of South Korean girl group f(x), Sulli attends the photocall for the BOUCHERON 160th Anniversary 'Experience Boucheron' Pop-Up Store Opening on May 16, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - MAY 16: Former member of South Korean girl group f(x), Sulli attends the photocall for the BOUCHERON 160th Anniversary 'Experience Boucheron' Pop-Up Store Opening on May 16, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JANUARY 08: Former member of South Korean girl group f(x), Sulli attends the photocall for "Estee Lauder" Launch on January 8, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JANUARY 08: Former member of South Korean girl group f(x), Sulli attends the photocall for "Estee Lauder" Launch on January 8, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JUNE 27: Actress Sulli attends the VIP screening of 'Real' on June 27, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 27: Former member of South Korean girl group f(x), Sulli attends the "Roger Vivier" Buckle Up Party at the Shilla Hotel on October 27, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JUNE 26: (L1,L2) South Korean actor Kim Soo-hyun and South Korean actress Sulli attend the test screening of film "Real" on June 26, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JUNE 07: Sulli of girl group f(x) attends the photocall for Volez, Voguez, Voyagez - Louis Vuitton Exhibition at DDP on June 7, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 24: Sulli of girl group f(x) attends the photocall for Dior 2017 S/S Collection at Shinsegae Department Store on February 24, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - SEPTEMBER 27: Sulli of girl group f(x) attends the "AERIN" Boon The Shop Launch on September 27, 2016 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - MARCH 04: Sulli of girl group f(x) attends photocall for launch of SK-II 'Genoptics' at Lotte Department Store on March 4, 2016 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - SEPTEMBER 30: Sulli poses for photographs during the K-Beauty Close-up by ARTISTRY at Dongdaemun Square on September 30, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by ilgan Sports/Multi-Bits via Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - SEPTEMBER 03: Sulli poses for photographs during the LANVIN Products Launching Event at Dress Garden on September 3, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by ilgan Sports/Multi-Bits via Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 30: Sulli of girl group f(x) attends the photocall for Louis Vuitton Exhibition Series 2 "Past - Present - Future" at D Tower on April 30, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JANUARY 22: Sulli of girl group f(x) attends the FURLA 2015 SS presentation at COEX Mall on January 22, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - MARCH 20: Sulli of girl group f(x) attends the "DECKE" launch event on March 20, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 26: Sulli of f(x) attends the Etude House 'Magic Any Cushion' photo session at Connoi Space on February 26, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Choi Soo-Young/Multi-Bits via Getty Images)
CHANGSHA, CHINA - DECEMBER 31: (CHINA OUT) Victoria, Amber, Luna, Sulli and Krystal of South Korean girl group f(x) perform on the stage in Hunan Television New Year Countdown Concert on December 31, 2013 in Changsha, China. (Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images)
NAMYANGJU, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 12: Sulli of girl group f(x) is seen on location for "The Pirates" on December 12, 2013 in Namyangju, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
NAMYANGJU, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 12: (L-R) South Korean actors Lee Kyung-Young, Kim Nam-Gil and Son Ye-Jin are seen on location for "The Pirates" on December 12, 2013 in Namyangju, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JULY 08: Sulli of f(x) attends the OMEGA CO-AXIAL Exhibition at Beyond Museum on July 8, 2013 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Choi Soo-Young/Multi-Bits via Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 22: (L-R) Victoria and Sulli of girl group f(x) attend a promotional event for the 'Christian Dior' Pop Up Store Opening at My Boon on February 22, 2013 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JANUARY 31: (L-R) Victoria, Amber, Krystal, Sulli and Luna of girl group f(x) attend the 22nd High1 Seoul Music Awards at SK Handball Arena on January 31, 2013 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 31: Sulli of South Korean girl group f(x) attends during the 2012 SBS Drama Awards at SBS Prism Tower on December 31, 2012 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
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South Korean pop songs, TV dramas and films are hugely popular in Asia and beyond, but the country’s entertainment world has in recent years suffered a series of sexual scandals that revealed its dark side.

Male stars have faced allegations of sexual assault and abuse and reports have been made that female entertainers and trainees have been forced to provide sexual services to men in power.

On Sunday, K-pop musician and actress Goo Hara was found dead at her home in Seoul. Before her death, she suffered cyberbullying after she was engaged in a public dispute with her former boyfriend, who she said threatened to disclose a sex video of her.

Last month, another K-pop star, Sulli, was discovered dead at her home. She had spoken against the online backlash she received over her lifestyle.

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