Singer Jung Joon Young appeared at the Seoul Central District Court on March 21 to attend a hearing regarding his arrest warrant. / Photo = Reporter Lee Seung Hyun @lsh87

Singer Jung Joon Young appeared at the Seoul Central District Court at 9:35 a.m. on March 21 to attend a hearing presided by Chief Prosecuting Attorney Lim Min Sung to determine the validity of the arrest warrant that has been requested for the singer. Jung Joon Young is facing charges of sharing and distributing illegal hidden camera footage.

Jung Joon Young stood in front of the press before going into court and read from an apology letter that was prepared in advance. He stated, “I am very sorry. I have committed an unforgivable crime. I admit to all the allegations… I will not protest any charges of the investigators and humbly accept the court’s decision.”

He continued, “I deeply apologize for victims who have suffered because of me, those who have been harmed by baseless rumors, and everyone who has shown me love and support… I will regret what I have done for the rest of my life.”

Jung Joon Young stood before the press in a black suit with his hair tied back. After reading his apology for all the journalists who were present, he headed directly for the courtroom. His eyes welled up with tears at one point as he was reading. When asked by a reporter if he had received consent before uploading the explicit videos to the group chats, he declined to answer.   

Jung Joon Young has been charged with sharing sexually explicit videos that are suspected to have been filmed illegally (a violation of the Act on Special Cases concerning the Punishment, etc. of Sexual Crimes). The footage in question was shared with other members of a private group chat – one that included former Big Bang member, Seungri – at the end of 2015. It is estimated that at least 10 women have been victimized by the illegally filmed videos.

The arrest warrant for Jung Joon Young was requested by the regional investigation unit for the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency on March 19.

Translated by Jennifer Earwood