We all remember Jang Seok Woo, right? It’s the CEO of Open World Entertainment who sexually assaulted trainees and allegedly coerced male artists/trainees to participate in his shenanigans, thus leading to recent news of his six-year prison term being finalized.
After several hearings and appeals to get his sentence reduced, Jang finally took it up with the highest court, The Supreme Court of Korea, which declared, “Under the Children and Youth Protection Act, we have dismissed the final appeal of CEO Jang Suk Woo, who received a six-year jail sentence for rape and other charges, and have finalized the original sentencing.”
In addition to the 6 year sentence, his record will be made public for 5 years and he will have to complete 40 hours of sexual assault treatment program.
The court also said, “Although Mr. Jang claimed this was an unfair sentence, only in cases involving a capital punishment and 10-year and up jail sentence, can the claim of unfair sentence be reviewed.”
We’ve already went over whether this was a light punishment or not (yes, he’s extremely fortunate), but it’s still sadly remarkable that somebody in a position of power, no matter how nugu his company was, actually got called out AND convicted of crimes of this nature.
Part of me wonders whether this opens up avenues for other victims stuck in a similar power dynamic, but somehow I doubt it.