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Jung Joon-young admits sins in sex video scandal

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Embattled Korean singer Jung Joon-young has apologized and admitted to his crimes of recording women without their consent in a snowballing sex video scandal.

The star of the TV show “2 Days & 1 Night” flew back to South Korea from the US on March 12 to face charges that he secretly filmed women and shared the videos on social media chat rooms.

Jung Joon-young (Instagram)

Jung Joon-young (Instagram)

“I’m writing this out of shame and guilt. I’ve returned to Korea on March 12th and realized the seriousness of the situation. I’m writing this to apologize to all the people who have paid attention to me, and gave me a second chance,” he said in a statement, according to JoongAng Ilbo’s VoomVoom news site.

He added, “As to all the charges that are being mentioned about me, I admit all of them. I filmed videos of women without their consent and shared them on social media chat rooms without feeling guilty about it.”

The sex video scandal started when police began investigating Big Bang member Seungri for allegedly supplying women to potential investors of his company.

Korean media outlet SBS reported that it got 10-month long chat messages wherein Jung Joon-young uploaded the sex videos to chat rooms that included Seungri and others as members. Seungri announced his retirement from the entertainment industry.

Jung Joon-young described his crimes as “immoral and indiscreet act of me to do as a public figure that deserves to be condemned.”

“Most of all, the women in the videos who had to face the hideous truth and all the people who are infuriated at the extremely disappointing and shocking situation, I sincerely apologize,” he said. “I’m dropping out of every program that I’m cast of. I’m also giving up everything as a public figure and will reflect on myself for all the unethical and illegal acts I’ve done for the rest of my life.”

Jung Joon-young said, “I, again, apologize especially to the women who were harmed because of my behavior and people who felt resentment beyond disappointment as well as those who made me and loved me.”

He said he will cooperate with the police investigation that will start on March 14 and will accept punishment for his crimes.

His agency, MAKEUS Entertainment, has terminated his contract. The singer moved to the agency only last January.
Jung Joon-young visited Manila last September and held a fan meeting. Before he became a celebrity, he lived in several countries including the Philippines because of his father’s business. In the country, he taught taekwondo and music to Pinoy kids.

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