PD Ahn Joon Young And Prosecution Appeal Sentence In “Produce 101” Series Manipulation Trial
Producing Director (PD) Ahn Joon Young, who has been indicted on suspicions of manipulating the votes of the “Produce 101” series, has appealed the prison sentence he was given in his first trial.
According to reports on June 5, Ahn Joon Young has filed a written appeal with the Seoul Central District Court. The prosecution is also protesting the ruling and filed an appeal on June 5. The “Produce 101” series manipulation case will therefore go to a second trial.
Ahn Joon Young and chief producer Kim Yong Bum are suspected of manipulating viewers’ votes in the live finales of all four seasons of the “Produce 101” series. Ahn Joon Young is also under suspicion of being treated by entertainment agency representatives 41 times at an adult entertainment establishment.
In late May, Ahn Joon Young received a prison sentence of two years in his first trial over the case, as well as a fine of 36 million won (approximately $29,974). Kim Yong Bum was sentenced to a year and eight months in prison.
While Ahn Joon Young admitted to most of the charges at the first trial, including vote manipulation, he has stated that he did not do it out of personal greed and claimed that no improper solicitation took place.