Former GLAM member Dahee and model Lee Ji Yeon had a successful day at appeals court as they received reduced sentences for their attempts to blackmail actor Lee Byung Hun. Previously, the pair had received one-year jail sentences and appealed the ruling, while the prosecution had also appealed, asking for three years.
Later though, Lee Byung Hun asked for Thelma & Louise to be pardoned and that seemed to factor in what now amounts to probation.
Instead of 1 year in prison for Dahee, her new appeals sentence is 1 year in jail suspended for 2 years, while Lee Ji Yeon’s is 1 year and 2 months in jail suspended for 2 years. This means that if the girls stay out of trouble during the probational period of 2 years, they most likely will not have to serve any time in jail.
The court explained, “The victim expressed his wishes for the defendants to be let off the hook, and the crime itself had ended before it progressed into something more. In addition, the defendants also showed that they’ve been deeply reflecting their wrongdoing during the 6 months they were detained. Since they’re also both first time offenders and of young age, we determined that the original sentence was too heavy.”
This is probably the right move given the feelings of the parties involved and for Lee Byung Hun to just get this item out of the news. That said, I don’t necessarily think this ruling should be cheered or anything just cause Lee Byung Hun is an unfaithful asshole. I do see a lot of that going around but, uh, the duo did sort of get convicted on blackmail charges.
Of course, I still say Lee Byung Hun would’ve been wiser just to let this whole thing go from the start. Yeah, he proved whatever point he wanted to, but everything he lost in terms of image won’t be made up by him asking for them to be pardoned after the fact.