Entertainment Agency CEO Receives Prison Sentence For Sexual Assault Of Aspiring Actors

An entertainment agency CEO who repeatedly sexually assaulted aspiring entertainers has been sentenced to five years in prison.

According to Yonhap News, the Supreme Court’s third division upheld the original verdict of five years imprisonment in the appeal trial for Lee (41), who was indicted on charges of forced sexual relations by abuse of supervisory power and abuse and fraud by a professional authority. In addition, completion of an 80-hour sexual violence treatment program, seven years of public registered information for sex crimes, and 10 years of employment restrictions on child and adolescent institutions ordered at the second trial have also been confirmed.

Lee was indicted for repeatedly sexually assaulting aspiring entertainers after luring them in with the promise of appearances as supporting actors in dramas unconfirmed for production. Lee was also charged with stealing more than 200 million won (approximately $179,000) from aspiring entertainers on the pretext of paying for management expenses after he tricked them into signing exclusive contracts. In reality, the dramas that he would hold auditions for were not aired by broadcast companies, and even production for the projects was unclear.

Lee was also previously indicted in 2012 on charges of indecent assault on aspiring entertainers and was sentenced to three years and six months in prison before being released in 2015.

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