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Late Goo Hara’s ex-boyfriend in prison for sex video blackmail

Kpop star Goo Hara | Instagram photo

The boyfriend of the late Kpop idol Goo Hara has been sentenced to imprisonment for blackmailing her with a sex video.

In a report from Korean media Soompi, Choi Jong Bum was sentenced in his appeal trial and was placed under court custody.

In 2018, Soompi reported that Goo Hara and Choi Jong Bum got into a physical altercation on September 13 around 1 a.m.

Choi initially reported to the police that Hara had assaulted him, but the idol countered with claims that he had blackmailed her with a sex tape. Eventually, both were forwarded to the prosecution on separate charges, but Goo Hara received a suspension of the indictment while Choi Jong Bum’s case went to trial.

Just last year, prosecutors charged Choi Jong Bum with violating the Act on Special Cases Concerning the Punishment of Sexual Crimes (filming body parts without consent), assault causing bodily harm, intimidation (blackmail), coercion, and destruction and damage of property.

Soompi reported that his appeal trial was held on May 21 where he pled guilty to all charges except the one regarding nonconsensual filming. The courts laid down their verdict on July 2. The suspension from Choi Jong Bum’s first trial was rescinded and he was sentenced to one year in prison. He was placed under court custody as the courts believed he is a flight risk.

In the verdict, the judge stated, “Sexual intercourse is one of the most intimate aspects of a person’s privacy, and to threaten to expose a video filming this can not only cause irreparable psychological damages to the victim, but it can also severely damage their honor.” They added, “Not only this, but the defendant made the threat to publicly expose the video abusing the fact that such a video would result in even more serious damages as the victim was a celebrity.”

However, the courts also maintained their previous verdict of finding Choi Jong Bum not guilty of filming the victim’s body without consent. It was explained, “Based on the evidence that was submitted by the prosecution, it is still difficult to say beyond a reasonable doubt that filming took place without consent.”

Following the trial, Choi Jong Bum was asked by the courts if he had anything to say regarding the verdict, and he replied, “Not at this time.”

In a statement, the brother of the late 28-year-old idol said “I see the fact that he was given a prison sentence with no suspension in the appeal as a small source of comfort for our family that will help alleviate our pain. However, we regret that he was not found guilty of filming without consent and that he was only sentenced to one year.”

“When my sister was alive, she saw him given a prison sentence with suspension, but I think she’d be content knowing he had that suspension revoked today,” he added.

He concluded by stating that he will be requesting prosecutors to pursue a final appeal to increase the prison sentence that Choi Jong Bum has been given.

Goo Hara, who was a member of former girl group Kara, was found dead in her home last November 24, 2019.

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