[Maeil Business Star Today Shin Young-eun]
Producing Director Ahn Joon-young was arrested who has received suspicions of manipulation of live voting at Mnet’s idol audition program ‘Produce X101’.
The deputy judge of the Seoul Central District issued an arrest warrant on June 5 for the producer Ahn Joonyoung, who was charged with fraud and business obstruction.
According to the report, the majority of the crimes are called out, the matter is serious, and the reason, necessity, and relevance of the arrest are recognized in light of the status of the suspect and the investigation process to date.
The prosecution issued a warrant for one among three production staff and entertainment planners who were requested to be arrested issued a warrant for the same reasons as PD Ahn.
For the other two were dismissed the arrest warrant “the suspect generally acknowledges the crime, and it is difficult to recognize the reason, necessity, and the significance of the arrest at this stage in light of the status and involvement of the suspect, the evidence gathered, and the housing and family relationships.”
PD Ahn Joonyoung and others are allegedly manipulated in voting results of the viewers to benefit certain candidates in the ‘Produce 101’ season 1 ~ 4 during live broadcast since 2016. The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency Cyber Security Division seized and searched the CJ ENM office and one entertainment agency in Sangam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul on the 5th.
Back in July, there were rumors of vote manipulation in the live finale of ‘Produce X 101’. Although Mnet denied it, fans took legal action, and the police began an investigation into whether the vote counts were manipulated.
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