Actress Could Face 18 Months in Jail for Adultery

    November 27, 2008 09:28

    Prosecutors are seeking an 18-month jail sentence for actress Ok So-ri, who admits adultery, and six months in jail and two years’ probation for her paramour, a singer identified as Jung. Korea is one of a handful of countries where adultery remains a crime after the Constitutional Court, ruling on a petition from Ok, rallied an insufficient majority to throw out the elderly law.

    During trial at the Uijeongbu District Court on Wednesday, prosecutors explained their demand, saying while Ok (40) admitted the charges in court, she denied them during the investigation, and the accuser was seeking strict punishment for the couple. Jung (38), however, cooperated with prosecutors and admitted all charges from the outset, they said. The court rules on Dec. 17.


    Actress Ok So-ri (left) and a man with whom she had an affair


    Ok had been indicted for having extramarital relations with Jung on three occasions between May and July 2006. In February this year she petitioned the Uijeongbu District Court to ask the Constitutional Court whether the country's adultery law is constitutional. The case was delayed for nine months until the Constitutional Court upheld the law by default after failing to muster the two-thirds majority needed to overturn it.

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