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Jung Joon-young arrested, admits to sharing sexually explicit videos of women

The 30-year-old apologised and admitted responsibility for the charges.

Jung Joon-young arrested, admits to sharing sexually explicit videos of women

Singer-songwriter Jung Joon-young last week admitted to filming himself having sex and sharing the footage without his partners' consent. (Photo: AFP/Jung Yeon-Je)

K-pop singer Jung Joon-young was arrested on Thursday (Mar 21) over allegations that shared sexually explicit videos of women, who were filmed without their knowledge or consent, reported CNN.

The 30-year-old was taken into custody hours after he appeared in court in Seoul, South Korea, during which he apologised to his victims and admitted responsibility for the charges.

Jung had admitted on Wednesday to having shared videos he secretly took while having sex with women, and before the hearing started, he said he had committed "an inexcusable crime," according to Reuters.

"I am truly sorry. I admit to all charges against me. I will not challenge the charges brought by the investigative agency, and I will humbly accept the court's decision," he said.

"I bow my head in apology to the women who were victimized by my actions," he added.

Following the hearing, he was escorted in handcuffs to a central Seoul police station, where he remains in custody.

Jung’s arrest comes amid an ongoing scandal in the South Korean entertainment industry, where multiple high-profile stars are facing charges of corruption and sexual assault.

Jung were both members of online chat groups where secret sex tapes were shared, and where men joked about drugging and raping women, Reuters quoted broadcaster SBS as reporting. Other alleged members of the group include K-Pop idol and Big Bang star Seungri and rock band FT Island member Choi Jong-hoon.

If found guilty, the men could be sentenced to five years in prison or face a fine of up to 30 million won (S$35,848). 

Seungri is also being investigated on suspicion of violating the country's prostitution laws. He has denied any wrongdoing and announced his decision to quit the entertainment industry last week, saying, "I just cannot bear causing any further damage to people around me, while being hated and criticized by the public and being treated as a nation's enemy during the investigation."

READ: Two more K-pop stars embroiled in sex video scandal

Source: CNA/jv