The Supreme Court of South Korea has made its final decision on Choi Jong Bum’s case involving Goo Hara and the sentencing period is infuriating fans.
Back in September of 2018, Goo Hara and her ex-boyfriend Choi Jong Bum got into a physical altercation and the news went viral. Initially, Choi Jong Bum reported that she assaulted him but later Goo Hara explained that he had blackmailed her with a sex tape and threatened to end her career.
In 2019, Choi Jong Bum was charged by prosecutors 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. Back in August of 2019, he received a prison sentence of one year and six months, suspended for three years of probation, as expected fans were furious that he got a suspended sentence. Both his side and prosecution appealed to the sentencing. Later in 2019, Goo Hara was found dead in her home which caused an uproar and many fans demanded more justice for Goo Hara.
Back in May of 2020, Choi Jong Bum had gone to trial again and admitted to all the charges except the one regarding filming Goo Hara without her consent. He was sentenced to one year in prison without suspension this time but Goo Hara’s family chose to appeal once again which meant the case was taken to the Supreme Court.
On October 15, it was revealed that the Supreme Court had chosen to uphold Choi Jong Bum’s prison sentence of one year. He was found guilty of all the charges against him except for ‘filming body parts without consent,’ the court stated that it could not be confirmed that he had beyond reasonable doubt filmed her without her permission.
Fans think the sentencing is too short and many continue to blame him for what happened to Goo Hara.
What do you think of the sentencing period?