[Reporter Se-yeon Park, Daily Economy Star Today]
PD Ahn Joon-young, who was convicted of manipulating the votes of the ‘Produce 101’ series, requested in an appeals court, “Please judge again legally for the crime of fraud.”
On the afternoon of the 18th, at the hearing of the 1st Criminal Division of the Seoul High Court, the first trial was held on charges of fraud by PD Ahn Joon-young and CP Kim Yong-beom.
On this day, the prosecution said, “Unlike the planning intention, the defendants Kim Yong-beom, Ahn Joon-young, and aunt made a debut group regardless of the viewer’s vote, deceived viewers, gave a sense of goodness to trainees, and had a great negative impact on society. In addition, they received expensive entertainment through irregular solicitations.” The reason for the appeal was revealed, saying that the crime was not good and the court case was too light to appeal.” Regarding the agency officials who are charged with entertainment, “The defendants claim that it is a practice, and they try to take unjust profits by doing expensive entertainment to the broadcast PD. It is not light and has appealed with improper sentencing.”
CP Kim Yong-beom, PD Ahn Joon-young, and PD Lee’s attorneys said, “I admit the objective facts. Whatever the motives were, it went different from the planning intention.”
The attorney said, “It was originally produced according to the plan’s intention and votes were made. We did some wrong actions in the process of collecting and collecting them, but we ask for legal judgment on whether it could be deception and what we were trying to profit from the company.”
The attorney said, “Looking at the case, there seems to be no personal purpose. It was not for that purpose, but to improve the completion of the program they are in charge of. In addition, duplicate voting or overtime voting should be excluded from the crime of fraudulent compilation.” We have prepared the sentencing data. We hope that you will make a final judgment by reflecting that.”
In response, the prosecution said, “All overtime votes were collected and acquired as the profit of CJ ENM,” and “I believe that the causal relationship is recognized as a deceptive act.”
In addition, the lawyer side said, “At the first trial, Ahn Joon-young was convicted of betrayal, but I admit that he drank alcohol anyway and that he was guilty of being guilty.”
They were charged with manipulating the paid text voting results of viewers (fraud) in the live broadcast contest of season 1-4 of the Mnet audition program ‘Produce 101’, which started in 2016, in favor of a specific candidate. PD Ahn Joon-young was handed over to trial after being charged with receiving entertainment for millions of won at an entertainment agency by entertainment agency officials.
In a final statement last May, PD Ahn Joon-young apologized, “I sincerely bow my head and apologize to viewers, company officials, and trainees more than anyone who was hurt by my wrong thoughts and actions.”
At the first trial, PD Ahn Joon-young and CP Kim Yong-beom were sentenced to two years in prison and one year and eight months in prison, respectively. However, as PD Ahn Joon-young filed an appeal later and appealed to the prosecution, the case was judged by a two-sided appeal.
Meanwhile, for the ‘Produce 101’ series produced by PD Ahn Joon-young and others, a penalty of 30 million won per season and a total of 120 million won was imposed by the Korea Communications Standards Commission as the suspicion of manipulation for the previous season was revealed.
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