March 13, 2019 13:41
Police have launched a full-blown investigation into allegations that singer Jung Joon-young illegally videotaped himself having sex with women and then shared the clips in a sleazy celebrity chat group.
The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency booked Jung a day after a media report accusing the singer of the crime. Jung arrived in Seoul on Tuesday afternoon from the U.S. where he was filming a TV show.
As he was being ushered out of Incheon International Airport through throngs of reporters, he only found time to say "I'm sorry."
In a statement later issued by his management agency he said, "I sincerely apologize for my immoral and despicable acts and will repent for the rest of my life. I will diligently cooperate with the police investigation and willingly take the punishment."
Police have been combing through messages Jung exchanged with his friends in the chat group in 2015 and 2016 and found video footage and photos that could land him in jail. They include a three-second clip of him having sex with a woman, other footage Jung took of a prostitute and photos of a woman apparently sleeping.
In one message, according to broadcaster SBS, Jung said, "Let's hook up with some girls online and go to a club with them and rape," and a friend left a reply saying, "We already do that with the ones we meet offline."
A police source said, "It will take some time to analyze the footage and photos posted in the group chat because there are so many of them."
Seung-ri of boy band Big Bang, who is embroiled in his own pimping scandal, was apparently a member of the chat group. But he used a different group chat to instruct staff to procure prostitutes for potential foreign investors in his club, but police say both chat rooms had more or less the same members.
Some members were questioned by police as witnesses but could become suspects themselves. "We are discussing the scope of the perpetrators in our investigation," a police spokesman said.
Meanwhile, a mysterious list with the names of 10 female celebrities allegedly linked to Jung's illicit video and photos has begun spreading on the Internet. But police said no women have yet reported any crimes against him.
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