Park Kyung Receives Fine In Defamation Case Regarding Chart Manipulation Accusations
Park Kyung has been fined in the defamation case regarding his sajaegi accusations.
In November 2019, Park Kyung wrote in a now-deleted tweet, “I want to do sajaegi like Vibe, like Song Ha Ye, like Lim Jae Hyun, like Jeon Sang Keun, like Jang Deok Cheol, and like Hwang In Wook ^^;;.” Sajaegi refers to the manipulation of sales numbers through an artist’s own agency bulk buying or streaming. All the artists he mentioned in the tweet announced that they would take legal action against him.
However, he has continued to speak out against sajaegi since his November tweet. His enlistment was delayed so that he could participate in the investigation and his case was forwarded to the prosecution in June 2020.
On September 17, the courts reported that the Seoul Eastern District Court had issued a fine of 5 million won (approximately $4,200) to Park Kyung, who was summarily indicted with violating the Act on Promotion of Information and Communication Network Utilization and Information Protection (i.e. defamation) on September 11.
A summary indictment is a procedure in which a court reviews documents and imposes sentences without a formal trial in less severe cases where a fine would be the punishment.
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