Arrest Warrant Sought for Prosecutor in Amy Scandal

The Seoul Central District Court on Thursday reviewed an arrest warrant for a prosecutor who is accused of abusing his position to pressure a cosmetic surgeon to perform free surgery on TV personality Amy.

Police sought the arrest warrant for the prosecutor, surnamed Jeon, on charges of intimidation and abusing his position.

Amy Amy

Jeon had scored a major success as a prosecutor in the northeastern city of Chuncheon by investigating a case of entertainers abusing the anesthetic Propofol, which became famous for killing Michael Jackson.

He met Amy in 2012 while investigating her for abusing Propofol. While she was in jail, he wrote to her to console her. She was given a suspended sentence and released and apparently paid a visit to Jeon. As they grew closer, Amy told him about the side effects of her plastic surgery, which she had cited as the reason for her abuse of the medication, and sought his help.

Jeon visited the doctor who had conducted the surgery and allegedly warned him that failing to compensate her could lead to an indictment and seizure of records. The doctor then performed W7 million (US$1=W1,064) worth of surgery on Amy to remedy the side effects of the botched earlier procedure and gave her W15 million in compensation.

He wired the money to Jeon, who gave it to Amy.

The entertainer claims that she had to receive the money through Jeon because her mother had closed all her bank accounts.

The odd couple met frequently afterwards and Jeon allegedly gave her another W100 million. Jeon's lawyer said the money was not a loan but a gift and that the two "appeared to be dating at one point."

In another bizarre twist, Jeon and the plastic surgeon he had extorted, identified as Choi, also became friendly.

Prosecutors in Seoul had launched a major probe of Propofol abuse in clinics in the affluent Gangnam district around the time Choi compensated Amy, and Choi's clinic was among the targets, though he was not charged. Seoul prosecutors said Choi escaped because his clinic only administered a small number of Propofol injections.

But a female employee at the clinic called police accusing the doctor of raping her after administering Propofol. While combing through Choi's mobile phone records, police discovered text messages he had exchanged with Jeon and passed them on to prosecutors.

Amy, who comes from a wealthy family, was born in the U.S. and has a degree in hotel management at the University of Nevada. She became famous with a cable TV program in 2008. In September of 2012, she was arrested on charges of abusing Propofol and given a two-year suspended sentence.

She has frequently been the target of online ire because of her erratic behavior.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jan. 17, 2014 12:19 KST