[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, finalizing the prison sentence.
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 rejected both the defendant and the prosecution’s appeals and confirmed the original 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 defendants have broken down the authenticity of the audition program, and the trainees who were unfairly eliminated by the ranking manipulation live with trauma for the rest of their lives,” the court said. “The evidence suggests that the defendants cheated viewers with text voting two days ago.”
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