Individuals Responsible For Spreading False Rumors About Jung Yu Mi And Na Young Suk Forwarded To Prosecution
The police has booked individuals who are responsible for spreading false rumors about producing director (PD) Na Young Suk and Jung Yu Mi.
On October 17, 2018, rumors of adultery between Jung Yu Mi and PD Na Young Suk began spreading on online communities. Following the rumors, both Jung Yu Mi and Na Young Suk released official statements, announcing their plans to take legal action.
On February 11, the cybersecurity department of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency announced that they have forwarded nine individuals to the prosecution with recommendation for indictment for spreading false rumors about PD Na Young Suk and Jung Yu Mi.
These individuals include Ms. Jung, whom the police identified as the source of the rumors, and Ms. Choi, the person who published the rumors on online communities. They were booked for the suspicion of defamation under the Information and Communication Network Act. Three other people including Mr. Joo, who posted malicious comments, were booked for charges of insult.
As a result of their investigation, the police found that freelance writer Ms. Jung and screenwriter Ms. Lee spread the rumors they heard from their colleagues through the messenger app KakaoTalk. The rumor then spread quickly through open chatrooms on KakaoTalk.
Furthermore, the police also investigated into the process of rumor’s circulation through open chatrooms on KakaoTalk and booked individuals who further spread the rumors.
Five individuals including Mr. Choi were booked for publishing the false news on online blogs and other communities, and three individuals including Mr. Joo were booked for posting malicious comments on news reports about the case.
In response, a representative from Jung Yu Mi’s agency, SOOP Management, announced, “Continuing on, we have no plans to make settlement nor show leniency.”
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