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(LEAD) Court to decide whether to arrest singer over sex video scandal

All Headlines 10:42 March 21, 2019

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SEOUL, March 21 (Yonhap) -- A Seoul court held a hearing Thursday to decide whether to issue an arrest warrant for Jung Joon-young, a singer and TV personality, on charges of secretly filming sex tapes of women and sharing them with friends on a mobile chat.

Jung appeared at the Seoul Central District Court at around 9:40 a.m. to attend the hearing slated for 10:30 a.m. Prosecutors filed for the writ on Tuesday.

"I am sorry. I made a big and inexcusable mistake, and I admit my guilt," the 30-year-old, with teary eyes, read from a note. "I will accept the court decision without a battle.

"I apologize to the ladies who have suffered because of me. I will live my days repenting for the sins."

The court also reviewed the arrest warrant for a nightclub employee, identified by his surname Kim, over the same charge.

Jung, 30, is accused of recording sex videos of about 10 women he slept with and uploading them on a KakaoTalk messenger chat room to share them with other entertainers, including Seungri, a member of K-pop boy band BIGBANG.

Seungri has also been investigated over the sex tapes and a slew of other charges that include arranging escort services for prospective investors.

Jung has been questioned twice by the police, last Thursday and Sunday. He has admitted to the charges.

Police are also probing Jung and a few others in the nightclub business over allegations of cozy ties between them and police, in which a ranking police officer is suspected of having helped them cover up their illicit acts in the past.

Executives of Burning Sun, the nightclub under investigation, are also facing possible detention.

The court is expected to announce its decision for Jung late Thursday.

Singer Jung Joon-young walks into the Seoul Central District Court on March 21, 2019, to attend a hearing that will decide on his arrest on the charge of illegal filming and leaking his own sex videos. (Yonhap)

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