Prosecutors have requested a prison sentence for actor Song Duk ho (30, real name kim jung hyun), who is accused of pretending to have fake epilepsy to avoid military service.
On April 14, Judge Kim Yoon Hee of the Seoul Southern District Court held the first trial for Song Duk Ho on charges of violating the Military Service Act. The prosecution requested a sentence of one year in prison for Song Duk Ho, stating, “There is a need for strict punishment, but we took into account his confession.”
Unlike other defendants, Song Duk Ho appeared alone in court without a lawyer and admitted to all charges brought by the prosecution.
According to the prosecution, Song Duk Ho conspired with a military service broker in April 2021 to pay for military exemption and pretended to have epilepsy in order to evade or reduce his military service obligation by receiving a diagnosis of epilepsy from a doctor.
In his final statement, Song Duk Ho apologized, saying, “I had to engage in acting activities due to personal family circumstances and made a big mistake by choosing to work with the broker. My family matters have been resolved, and if given the opportunity, I will fulfill my military duty by enlisting.”
Meanwhile, Song Duk Ho made his debut in the movie “Burning” directed by Lee Chang Dong in 2018 and has appeared in various dramas such as “Hotel Del Luna” (2019), “Hospital Playlist” (2020), “Taxi Driver” (2021), “D.P.” (2021), and more. After the revelation of his military service corruption, Song Duk Ho withdrew from the drama he was filming at the time.