Goo Hara’s Brother Calls For Stronger Punishment In Choi Jong Bum’s Next Trial + Talks About “Goo Hara Act”

The brother of Goo Hara has shared his thoughts on her ex-boyfriend Choi Jong Bum’s upcoming trial.

In September 2018, Goo Hara and Choi Jong Bum were involved in a physical altercation, and Choi Jong Bum blackmailed Goo Hara by threatening to release a sex tape.

In August 2019, Choi Jong Bum received a prison sentence of one year and six months, suspended for three years of probation. This means that if he commits an offense during the three-year probation period, he will serve out of his prison sentence for one year and six months. He was found guilty of four charges—intimidation, assault, coercion, and property damage. He was acquitted of the charge of filming the victim’s body without permission after the judge stated that it did not seem like the defendant went against the victim’s will, although the victim did not give consent.

In September 2019, both parties filed for an appeal and the case moved on to a second trial, which has been set for May 21. Goo Hara passed away in November 2019.

On April 6, Goo Hara’s brother Goo Ho In uploaded a video of Goo Hara singing at karaoke along with his thoughts about Choi Jong Bum’s trial. He also mentioned the “Goo Hara Act,” which Goo Ho In is calling for as a way to change unfair legislation over inheritance claims by parents who abandoned their children.

His full post is below:

Hello. This is the late Goo Hara’s older brother Goo Ho In.

After recent news reports of Choi Jong Bum’s appeal trial starting in May, many people have been asking for our stance, so I would like to inform you as the representative of the victim’s family.

As you may know, the perpetrator Choi received a probation sentence at his first trial and has been released back into society. But after being released on probation, Choi has shockingly shown an attitude that’s completely different from one of self-reflecting, by opening a salon and holding a grand opening party. My family and many people who cherished and loved Hara are furious at Choi’s shameless behavior.

Unfortunately, the punishment for dating violence in our country is too lenient and weak when it comes to protecting the victim. We are still baffled by how Choi was acquitted of filming without consent and how he has returned to society after receiving a probation sentence despite acknowledging the extreme mental distress the victim endured due to his assault and threats.

We once again insist on a strong sentence for the perpetrator Choi who had a large influence on Hara’s extreme decision. We sincerely hope that at least in the second trial, a just sentence will be served to the person who committed a horrible crime, through wise ruling stemming from universal common sense and a sense of justice.

In addition, we hope that there will be systematic improvement for those suffering from dating abuse through this case. We are currently thinking of detailed and various methods about this with our legal representative Noh Jong Eon.

We sincerely thank many people who have cherished and loved Hara.

P.S. As a result of many people agreeing with the Goo Hara Act, we received 100,000 signatures on the petition I submitted to the National Assembly. Our petition has now been submitted following the National Assembly procedure and forwarded to the Legislation and Judiciary Committee of the National Assembly. We hope that the Goo Hara Act will be created under the new National Assembly. Thank you once again to those in Korea and abroad who empathized with and signed the petition.

From Goo Ho In.

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안녕하세요 故구하라 친오빠 구호인입니다. 최근 최종범씨 사건의 항소심이 5월에 시작된다는 뉴스와 관련하여 저희에게 해당 사건의 입장을 물어보시는 분들이 있어 피해자 가족을 대표하여 말씀드립니다. 잘 아시는 것처럼 가해자 최씨는 1심판결에서 집행유예 판결을 선고받고 사회에 나왔습니다. 그런데 최씨는 집행유예로 풀려난 후 미용실을 오픈하고 너무나 놀랍게도 오픈파티를 하는 등 반성과는 180도 다른 모습을 보이고 있습니다. 저희 가족들과 그 동안 하라를 아껴주고 사랑해주었던 많은 지인들은 최씨의 이러한 파렴치한 행동에 형언할 수 없는 분노를 금할 길이 없습니다. 아쉽게도 아직 우리나라에서 데이트폭력에 대한 처벌 수위는 너무 낮고 피해자에 대한 보호는 너무 미약합니다. 저희는 지금도 1심에서 최씨가 몰카를 촬영한 것에 대해 무죄 판결이 내려지고, 폭행과 협박으로 인하여 피해자가 극심한 정신적 고통을 받았을 것이라고 인정하면서도 집행유예 판결을 선고하여 최씨가 사회에 나올 수 있도록 한 것이 도무지 이해가 가지 않습니다. 저희는 하라의 극단적인 선택에 많은 영향을 끼친 가해자 최씨에 대한 강력한 처벌을 다시 한 번 촉구합니다. 2심에서라도 보편적 상식과 정의관념에 맞는 재판부의 현명한 판결을 통하여 흉악한 범죄를 저지른 자에 대하여 합당한 처벌이 내려질 수 있기를 간절히 바랍니다. 아울러 저희는 금번 사건을 계기로 앞으로 데이트폭력으로 인하여 고통받는 많은 분들을 위한 제도개선이 반드시 이루어지기를 기대합니다. 이를 위하여 저희는 법률대리인인 노종언 변호사님과 함께 구체적이고 다각도의 방법을 고민하고 있습니다. 항상 하라를 아껴주고 사랑해주신 많은 분들께 진심으로 감사드립니다. ps. 많은 분들이 구하라법에 공감해주신 결과 저희가 제출한 국회 청원에 대해 10만명의 동의를 받았습니다. 이제 저희 청원은 국회에 정식으로 접수되어 국회 법제사법위원회에 회부되었다고 합니다. 새로운 국회에서 꼭 구하라법이 만들어지기를 소망합니다. 다시 한 번 청원에 공감해 주시고 동의해 주신 국내외 많은 분들께 진심으로 감사의 말씀을 드립니다. 구호인 드림

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