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[Reporter Se-yeon Park, Daily Economy Star Today]
The Supreme Court dismissed the appeal of Mnet’s “Produce” series production team on charges of manipulating text voting, confirming the original sentence of imprisonment.
At 11 a.m. on the 11th, the Supreme Court’s third part (chief justice Kim Jae-hyung) held an appeal date for the producers of “Produce” such as Mnet’s Ahn Joon-young PD and Kim Yong-beom CP, who were indicted on charges of obstruction and fraud.
On the same day, the court dismissed both the defendant and the prosecution’s appeals and confirmed the prison sentence. As a result, producer Ahn Joon-young was sentenced to two years in prison, and CP Kim Yong-beom was sentenced to one year and eight months in prison.
The two were sentenced to two years in prison and one year and eight months in prison, respectively, by the first and second trials last year, but filed an appeal against the sentence, but the appeal was rejected on the same day and they were charged with the original sentence.
They were indicted on charges of manipulating the results of paid text voting by viewers in favor of a particular candidate in the “Produce 101” season 1-4 live contest, which began in 2016. Producer Ahn Joon-young was also put on trial after he was charged with receiving millions of won worth of entertainment from entertainment agencies.
The two admitted to the previous season’s ranking manipulation charges, but appealed for leniency, saying it was not a manipulation for personal gain and that they were not asked illegally by the agency, but the first and second trials found their charges guilty.
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